A dental prosthetic is an intraoral (inside the mouth) prosthesis used to restore (reconstruct) intraoral defects such as missing teeth, missing parts of teeth, and missing soft or hard structures of the jaw and palate.
Porcelain CrownsA crown is a type of dental restoration that, when cemented into place, fully cups over that portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Since it encases the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown, in effect, becomes the tooth's new outer surface. In comparison, dental fillings are restorations that fill in or patch just a portion of a tooth. Other terms that are used to refer to crowns are "dental caps" and "tooth caps". Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both (porcelain-fused-to-metal).
DenturesA denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
BridgesA bridge is made the same way as a crown — in fact a bridge is several crowns attached together. A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Dental implantsDental implants are frequently the best option for replacing missing teeth. Rather than removable dentures, or fixed bridges, dental implants are the long-term replacements of choice. The implant is an artificial root usually made of titanium that your implant specialist surgically places in the jawbone.