One of the biggest fears, discomforts, and shocks for the patient occurs when the dentist tells him that the situation needs to be repaired with a partial or full denture. Don't worry! The dentures that weren't aesthetically pleasing belong to the past where they will stay. Nowadays dentistry has developed so much that with the individual approach and with the right planning of the prosthetic substitute it is possible to find an excellent prosthetic solution which will satisfy both the patient and the therapist.
Here we have described some general guidelines
and possibilities in making prosthetic substitutes:
Partial prosthesis can be connected to a metal-ceramic bridge through a joint connection (fasteners). These kind of substitutes are called combined prosthesis. On the end of a bridge one part of joint connection is visible, the other part is inside the denture. The bridge is cemented and stays permanently in the mouth, while you can take the denture out of the mouth and put it back in connecting it to the bridge through joint connections (which is necessary in order to maintain adequate oral hygiene) and in this way they form a compact whole so the dentures practically become an extension of the bridge. In addition joint connections, being incorporated in the dentures, are completely invisible opposed to the old system of metal clasps which are not only visible in the mouth and aesthetically unacceptable, but they also traumatize the teeth which carry them and can't form a so strong connection.
The other way to make dentures is using gold
telescope crowns. The telescope crowns placed on the existing teeth
replace the joint connections (attachment). The telescope crowns
represent a system of double crowns – the inner crown is cemented
on the tooth while the outer one stays in the denture. The retention
force is created through friction of the surfaces of these two
crowns. A correctly indicated and precisely made telescopic partial
denture represents a substitute of highest biological and aesthetic
Full dentures replace all teeth in completely toothless jaws.
If a patient isn't satisfied with the stability of the dentures the problem is solved by placing implants on which beads/telescopic connections are fixated. These connections ensure the immobility of the dentures – at last you can eat and laugh without any fear of unpleasant situations which have happened before the implant therapy. The denture can be anchored on a minimum of 2 implants or optimally on 4 implants – ALL-ON-4 SYSTEM (more on www.nobelbiocare.com).
Number of visits:
It depends on the chosen therapeutic solution, generally 4-5 visits in the period of 15 days from the beginning of cementing to completing the work in the mouth, some phases can be completed within a day, for example in the morning and in the evening, which reduces the number of visits.