What is a fixed prosthetic?
Dental crowns and tooth bridges are both what we call, fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike a removable device, which can be taken out and cleaned at your leisure, this kind of prosthetic is fixed in place and can only be removed by a dentist.
What is a fixed prosthetic used for?
A fixed prosthetic is usually used to replaced missing or damaged teeth, providing a strong and resilient solution. If you keep a regular hygiene schedule and take good care of what you eat, a fixed prosthetic can last forever. Before you get a prosthetic, your dentists has to diagnose your situation as to develop the most efficient method to provide the best restoration possible.
One of the most common fixed prosthetic is the crown. Think of it as a cover or external shell used to encase a damaged tooth. Not only does it strengthen your teeth, but it can also be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, it’s shape, and even it’s alignment. A crown can be placed on top of a previously prepared tooth, or in the worst case scenario, on top of an implant to provide functionality.
Crowns are made of different materials; porcelain and ceramic being the most common choice since they match the color of your natural teeth. Some dentists use different and sturdier materials such as metal alloys, gold or even ceramic, specially when used to replace back teeth.
A dentist may recommend a fixed prosthetic to:
- Replace a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridged
- Cover an Implant
- Cover a tooth with a root canal
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Cover a discolored tooth
- To reshape a damaged tooth
How long does it take to place a fixed prosthetic?
It depends on the prosthetic . On your first visit the dentist will do all the preliminary work to prepare the are for the final placement. The dentist will later take an imprint which is then sent to the dental laboratory to craft the final prosthetic.
The dentist will usually place a temporary crown or bridge while you wait for the final piece; it can take anywhere from a week up to a month. Once the dentist gets the permanent prosthetic you’ll have to go for one final placement.
The whole process is painless; at most you might experience just a bit of sensitivity the first couple of days as you get used to your new bright smile.