Dental prosthesis devices replace or repair missing or damaged teeth. They can do much more than improve your smile. A missing tooth can affect your ability to chew and raise your risk of gum disease. A missing tooth can also affect the bone health of the jaw and put other teeth at risk.

There are several types of fixed dental appliances, such as crowns and implants, and removable devices, including full or partial dentures, which can be taken out as needed.

In this article, we review five types of dental prosthesis devices so that you can have an informed discussion with your dentist about which one might be best for you.


Dental Crown

A dental crown is a new covering for a damaged tooth.

A crown may be made of metal or porcelain. Crowns tend to be good long-term solutions for teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or worn down. 

Getting a crown often requires two appointments. In a typical process for a dental crown, a dentist will:

  1. Get a soft mold of your teeth.
  2. Fill any cavities in the damaged tooth (if necessary).
  3. Trim the tooth to prepare it for receiving a crown.
  4. Place a temporary crown on the tooth while a permanent crown is made in a lab.
  5. After a few weeks, place a permanent crown that is cemented in place.

Dental practices that can make crowns on-site may offer same-day crowns.

Crowns are considered a relatively permanent solution. Once a crown is in place, it should last 5 to 15 years or even longer if maintained properly. You should brush and floss a tooth with a crown as you would any other tooth.

A crown can crack or chip over time, or the cement holding it in place can soften. This can allow bacteria to move in and infect the tooth.



Dental bridge

When one or more teeth are missing, a dental bridge is a compromise between dentures and implants.

As the name implies, a dental bridge is meant to bridge a gap left by missing teeth. A bridge is usually anchored to natural teeth at both ends of the gap and may be made of one or more false teeth called pontics. In some cases, a bridge may be attached to an implant for greater security and stability.

A bridge is often made of porcelain to look like natural teeth and must be brushed and flossed regularly. Special flossing aids called threaders may be necessary to get floss between the bridge and the gum line.

Here’s the typical process for getting a bridge:

At the first appointment, the anchor teeth on either side of the bridge are filed into shape and a mold is made of your mouth. A temporary bridge may be made to fill in the gap while a permanent one is made within a couple of weeks.

At the second appointment, the permanent bridge is fitted into place. Any necessary minor adjustments are made so that the bridge looks natural and works with your natural bite. The bridge is then cemented into place.

A well-made bridge can last for decades, but 5 to 15 years is a reasonable expectation.



Dentures are prosthetic devices that fit snugly against the gums and look and function as natural teeth. They’re also referred to as false teeth.

The extent of tooth loss and your preference will help determine what kind of dentures are best for you. The most common types of dentures include:

Complete dentures replace all of your teeth and must be removed daily for cleaning.

Removable partial dentures replace some but not all of your teeth.

Fixed partial dentures are also known as implant-supported bridges.

Implant-retained dentures are affixed to implants but must be removed daily for cleaning (also called snap-in dentures).

Another type of denture is called a flipper. These are temporary partial dentures replacing one or two teeth. They are made of less durable materials than regular partial dentures since they are meant to be used for a short time.

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270 €



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