The aim of prosthetic treatment is to replace missing parts of teeth, whole teeth or groups of several teeth. Prosthetic dentures make it possible to improve the shape, colour and inclination of a tooth. Extensive reconstruction of the teeth can be used to alter height and type of occlusion.
Inlays, onlays and overlays
These are fillings made in the laboratory that replace lost parts of teeth to return them to their original anatomical shape.
The function of all types of properly made crowns is the same – the only fundamental difference lies in their appearance. It goes without saying that there is a direct relationship between price and appearance.
- All-ceramic crowns are completely white and provide the most faithful imitation of the structure of a healthy tooth
- Metallo-ceramic crowns have a metal base and an all-white surface
- Facet crowns are made for the most part of metal, though their visible front part is white
- All-metal crowns are made completely of metal, with no part of the crown being white; they are used for the back teeth
- Resin crowns are the colour of a tooth, though they darken very quickly and do not have adequate mechanical resistance, for which reason they are used only as temporary crowns
A bridge is a prosthetic that replaces one or more lost teeth. It is permanently anchored to the teeth surrounding the gap where the lost tooth or teeth used to be. As in the case of the individual types of crown, there is a choice of a number of types with a view to their appearance.