Except for solving the problems caused by the loss of natural teeth, fixed prosthodontics are often implemented on people who want to improve the aesthetics of their poorly formatted, darkened, sloping or uneven teeth. Furthermore, new and well-made prosthetics can successfully solve problems with jaw joints and prevent unwanted instability of the remaining teeth, that often occurs when some teeth are extracted.
Fixed prosthodontics work includes veneers ( when the main purpose is the aesthetic), crowns (metal-ceramic, zircon-ceramic or completely ceramic) or dental bridges, on the implants and on the natural teeth.
Dental bridges are prosthetic replacements that replace one or more missing teeth, for aesthetic and functional reasons. The implementation of dental bridges can prevent movement and tilting of your teeth, the risk of periodontal disease, various pathological changes, as well as damage to the temporomandibular joint. Each dental bridge consists of a carrier and the body of the bridge. Carriers are made of crowns and body of the bridge replaces missing teeth. Materials for the bridge are similar to materials for metal-ceramic and non-metallic ceramic (zircon and alumina) crowns. Durability depends largely on oral hygiene, general health of the patient and regular visits to the dentist. Although bridges provide proper esthetics and functionality, nowadays the first choice for the restoration of the absence of one or more teeth is the placement of an implant.
Dental crown is a prosthetic that brings back the function and aesthetics to a damaged tooth. The materials that are recently used for making crowns are metal-ceramic (metal skeleton coated in porcelain) and non-metallic ceramic zircon (zirconium oxide) or alumina (aluminum oxide). Metal-ceramic crowns have excellent functionality but are not considered aesthetically the best solution, because of the potential screening of metal edge when the gingival withdrawal occurs. The non-metallic ceramics is considered the proper aesthetic replacement for metal-ceramic crowns. Since there is no metal framework, you get a more natural look and overall better transparency. In terms of durability and mechanical resistance, the non-metallic ceramics solution is nowadays similar to metal-ceramic crowns. The durability of the dental crown largely depends on the patient's health and - in particular - on good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.