Fixed teeth in dentistry typically refer to permanent dental restorations that are securely attached to the natural teeth or dental implants, providing a stable and long-lasting solution for missing or damaged teeth.
Here are some common types of fixed teeth restorations:
1. Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the entire visible portion of a damaged or weakened tooth. They are custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of the natural teeth. Crowns can restore the function, strength, and aesthetics of the tooth.
2. Dental Bridges: Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth (pontics) that are anchored to the neighboring natural teeth, known as abutment teeth. The artificial teeth bridge the gap created by the missing teeth, restoring the appearance and function of the smile.
3. Implant-Supported Restorations: Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed in the jawbone, providing a strong foundation for the replacement of missing teeth. Implant-supported restorations, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, are securely attached to the dental implants, creating a stable and permanent solution.
4. Inlays and Onlays: Inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations used to repair teeth with moderate decay or damage. They are typically made of porcelain or composite resin and are cemented onto the prepared tooth surface, providing a natural appearance and restoring the tooth’s structure and function.
5. Veneers: Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can improve the appearance of teeth with discoloration, chips, or irregularities, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Fixed teeth restorations are designed to be durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. They can greatly enhance the appearance of the smile, restore chewing and speaking ability, and promote oral health. The specific type of fixed teeth restoration recommended will depend on various factors, including the extent of the dental issue, the condition of the surrounding teeth and gums, and the patient’s goals and preferences.
It’s important to consult with a qualified dentist or prosthodontist who can assess your oral health, discuss the available options, and recommend the most appropriate fixed teeth restoration for your specific needs.
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