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Tooth Prothesis

A tooth prosthesis, also known as a dental prosthesis, is a replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. The prosthesis can be removable or fixed, depending on the patient's needs.

Removable tooth prostheses, such as dentures, are designed to be taken out of the mouth and can be cleaned separately. They consist of artificial teeth attached to a plastic base that is designed to fit snugly over the gums. They are held in place by suction or with the help of dental adhesive.

Fixed tooth prostheses, such as bridges, are designed to be permanently anchored in the mouth. They consist of artificial teeth that are attached to one or more natural teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth. They are held in place by dental crowns or special attachments, and can only be removed by a dentist.

Tooth prostheses are usually recommended when a patient has lost one or more teeth and cannot or does not want to have dental implants or bridges. They are a great option to restore the function of the teeth and the aesthetics of the smile.

The process of getting a tooth prosthesis typically requires several visits to the dentist. A detailed evaluation is needed to determine if the patient is a good candidate for the treatment, also, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth and gums, which will be sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the prosthesis. Once it's ready, the dentist will ensure a proper fit and make any necessary adjustments.

Proper care and maintenance are important to ensure the longevity of a tooth prosthesis. You should always follow the instructions provided by your dentist, and keep in mind that removable prostheses should be cleaned daily, and fixed prostheses should be brush and flossed like natural teeth.

It's important to note that tooth prostheses are not a permanent solution and may require replacement over time due to wear and tear, and changes in the patient's mouth. It's always important to have regular follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor the condition of the prosthesis and make any necessary adjustments.