Robust Fixed Restoration

Fixed dental restoration is a permanent dental prosthesis. It is firmly fixed (attached) to patients’ prepared teeth, and will not be taken out of their mouths during the day and night. This kind of restoration is like patients’ natural teeth, offering excellent chewing and biting strength, remarkable oral hygiene, and superior aesthetics. Fixed dental prostheses include crowns and bridges, Onlays and inlays, post and core, veneers, and dental implants. It also consists of different materials like zirconia, E-max, composite resin, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), full metal cast (FMC), and pure titanium. Those materials provide different effects.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia Crowns is a type of all-ceramic (metal free) restoration. With the advancement of technologies, making zirconia cases has become fairly mature. It contains laser scanning, computer designing, and computer-aided manufacturing.

E.max Crowns

E.max crowns are called cast ceramic teeth, also known as all-ceramic restoration. It is made of a new ceramic material that can be cast. It is superior to PFM teeth in appearance and biological properties. The inner crown of E.max is porcelain, a transparent skeleton with no metal base layer.

Dental Implants

Implant restoration can be considered when a patient has a missing tooth. Dentists insert an implant deep into the patient’s gum tissue. The implant is connected to an abutment, which can be considered a prepared tooth. Then a crown can seat on the abutment. This restoration is more expensive and time-consuming, but patients like its remarkable benefits.

Porcelain Fused to Metal

PFM is short for Porcelain Fused to Metal. It consists of a metal coping and an outer porcelain coating. It is one of the most commonly used restorations. Patients choose them either for their anterior teeth or for their molar teeth.

Full Metal Cast

The full metal cast is short of FMC, there is only a metal structure. Therefore, it does not look like a natural tooth at all, and most patients choose it for their molar teeth. It is one of the most cost-effective, long-lasting, and strongest solution. It ranges from Non-precious alloy, precious alloy, now FMC is being replaced by full zirconia crowns.

Veneers

Veneer (or laminate) is a kind of aesthetic all-ceramic restoration, usually for people’s front teeth. Dentists do not need to prepare too much of natural teeth. Therefore, a piece of veneer is very thin and delicate. It is attached to patients’ natural teeth for a better aesthetic result.

Inlay/Onlay

Inlay/Onlay is a good choice when a patient has a damaged molar tooth. In the past, dentists would remove the decayed part of a natural tooth, and then filled the tooth with metal. However, this kind of fixing was not long-lasting. Besides, frequently filling the natural tooth would bring further damage to it.

Post & Core

Post & Core is used when a natural tooth (often a molar tooth) has a large decayed area. The remaining tooth is not enough to support a crown. An alternative to this restoration is an implant system, but it is fairly expensive and time-consuming. In this case, an easier way is to build a post & core as a prepared tooth. So the tooth can have enough area to support a crown or a bridge.

Temporary Teeth

After dentists have prepared teeth, patients need to wait for their dental prosthesis. During this long waiting period, dentists might ask for temporary teeth for their patients, even though they are only temporary. Your temporary crown will likely be in place for 2 to 3 weeks or more. How long you have the temporary crown depends on the extent of dental work that’s needed. Implants, for example, may require a few weeks to several months for the bone to heal before a permanent crown can be placed over them.

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