Dentures are artificial teeth that replace natural teeth lost due to disease, decay, or trauma.While they are better than not having teeth, an implant supported option is certainly better. There are several types of dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the patient's teeth, while partial dentures typically replace just a few missing teeth. Conventional or immediate dentures are also available. A conventional denture is made and placed after any remaining natural teeth have been removed and tissues have healed. This can take a month or more. Immediate dentures are inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Additionally, dentures may be removable or fixed. We often use an immediate denture as part of the Prettau implant process.
Porcelain crowns reinforce weak teeth and mask imperfections in shape and color. At Tischler & Patch Dental our in-office dental laboratory CAD CAM mills full contour zirconia crowns. We have gotten away from porcelain fused to metal. Metal based crowns and bridges can give a grey appearance at the gum line. When a tooth becomes cracked or decayed, it is more likely to fracture and lose considerable tooth substance. If the fracture goes below the gum line, restoration becomes much more difficult. Zirconia crowns make your teeth more resistant to injury and disease. Dental bridges are simply a combination of two or more crowns that "bridge" the space between your teeth. The most common type of dental bridge, a fixed dental bridge, is cemented to adjacent "abutment" teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. Fixed dental bridges typically consist of a pontic (false tooth), fused between two dental crowns, which are cemented to the abutment teeth. Although bridges can improve your mouth, a dental implant is a more ideal choice long term.