Dental prosthetics: What is it, types, benefits, care, and cost

Dental prosthetics are a beautiful solution for people who have lost their natural teeth. Whether it is one missing tooth or an entire row; dental prosthetics offer restoration of both functionality and aesthetics of the teeth. In this article, we take a look at everything about dental prosthetics; the different types, benefits, tips for care and, not unimportant, cost and reimbursement options.

What is a dental prosthetic?

A dental prosthesis is, in simple terms, a “replacement tooth” or “artificial tooth”. They are placed primarily in cases of loss or damage to one’s own teeth and restore function and appearance to the teeth.

What types of dental prosthetics are there?

Removable dentures 

Complete dental prosthetics 

Complete dental prosthetics, also known as dentures, replace all teeth in the upper and lower jaw. This removable denture provides full functionality in chewing and speaking and restores the appearance of a natural smile.

Partial dental prosthetics

Partial dental prosthetics or partial dentures are used when some teeth are missing, while the other natural teeth are still fine. They provide support to the existing teeth and prevent shifting. Of course, again, they provide a more beautiful and natural appearance.

Overdenture prosthetics

An overdenture prosthetic, also known as click dentures, is a removable denture that clicks onto the implants. This in turn adds to the wearing comfort.

Fixed Prosthetics

Crowns and Bridges

These are dental prosthetics that are “fixed” in your mouth and therefore not removable. The prosthetics are supported by your own tooth roots. This requires the existing teeth/tooth roots to be ground down by the dentist and often extracted.

Implant-supported dental prosthetics

These are prosthetics, implants, that are “fixed” in your mouth and therefore are no longer removable. The prosthetics are supported by dental implants inserted into the jaw through a medical procedure. They provide strong stability and prevent bone loss in the jaw. This is the most luxurious, but most importantly, the most practical solution. Learn more about implants here

What are the benefits of dental prosthetics?

Restoration of dental functionality

Dental prosthetics restore the ability to chew normally, improving your digestion and allowing you to eat anything again without fear of damaging your teeth.

A radiant smile

Restoring a complete smile improves self-confidence and makes you look fresher and younger.

Speech enhancement

Dentures help in pronouncing words clearly and correctly, without lisping. This provides restored self-confidence in social situations.

How do I care for my removable dental prosthesis?

Daily cleaning

Clean your dental prosthesis daily with a soft brush and special cleaners to remove plaque and bacteria.

Avoid abrasive materials

Do not use abrasive toothpastes or hard brushes. These can damage the surface of the prosthetic.

Professional checkups

Regular visits to your dentist will ensure that your dentures fit properly and adjustments can be made if needed.

What does a dental prosthesis cost?

A dental prosthesis is not cheap, and the price can vary widely. The cost of dental prostheses depends on a number of factors, including the type of prosthesis, the material from which the prosthesis is made, the complexity of the treatment and the technology used. Partial dentures and implant-supported dentures are often more expensive because of the additional components and procedures involved in developing the denture and treatment.

It is tremendously important to get a detailed and clear quote from your dentist before deciding which denture is best for you. Be well-informed in this process and consult with your dentist. This way you will not be faced with unexpected costs, and you can be sure that you are making the best choice for your personal situation.

Are dental prostheses reimbursed?

In many cases, health insurance partially intervenes in the cost of a dental prosthesis. Check with your health insurance to find out if you qualify. Also, be sure to remember that dental insurance may cover dental prostheses. So it’s definitely worth inquiring about available coverage options.

Frequently asked questions about dental prosthetics

Are removable dentures painful to wear?

At first, removable dentures may cause some discomfort, such as pressure points or friction. This is often a matter of habituation and should lessen and disappear after a few weeks. If the discomfort persists, contact your dentist for denture adjustments.

Fixed dentures do not have these discomforts, or much less.

How long do removable dentures last?

The lifespan of dental prostheses varies. On average, they last about 5 to 7 years. Regular dental checkups and proper care obviously contribute to a longer lifespan.

Can I eat normally with a removable dental prosthesis?

Yes, with the right denture and habituation, you can eat normally again. Start with soft foods and gradually work up to harder foods. Avoid biting on hard objects or foods, such as ice cubes, to prevent damage.

What is the best way to clean my removable dental prosthesis?

Clean your dental prosthesis daily with a special denture brush, a mild detergent and cold to lukewarm water. Do not use hot water, as it may change the shape of the denture.

Conclusion: dental prosthetics

Dental prosthetics are not only a solution for missing teeth, but also for restoring comfort, aesthetics, and self-confidence. By understanding what to expect in terms of cost and taking care of your prosthetics, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile regardless of the number of missing teeth.

Do you have any questions after reading this article, or do you wish to schedule an appointment to discuss your options for your fixed prosthetics? Contact specialist Doctor Frank Vanhove!

Doctor Frank Vanhove has more than 20 years of experience as an oral-, jaw- and facial surgeon. Today he focuses exclusively on implantology. Dr. Frank Vanhove is the specialist in the field of dental prostheses and implants. He and his team place implants and a fixed and provisional dental bridge, in one day. So you can walk out the same day with a radiant smile.

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