Exploring Different Types of Dental Reconstruction Procedures

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The world of dental reconstruction, with all the similar-sounding treatments and the minute particulars of each, can initially seem pretty daunting to a newcomer. Still, a clear, concise comparison of dental prosthetic treatments can help clarify what you require as a prospective client.

In this blog, we’ll offer a comparative exploration of the major dental restoration techniques currently offered in clinics. We hope to help you decide the most suitable and provide basic information for your upcoming dentist’s appointment.

An Overview of Dental Reconstruction

Dental reconstruction is a branch of medicine that treats the teeth, gums, and surrounding tissue in the mouth. The fundamental goal of dental reconstructive techniques is to replace missing or compromised teeth and restore their function and appearance. 

Regarding our oral health and dental aesthetics, we want individual consultations and highly efficient medical techniques that suit us best. The main driver of a successful dental restorative procedure is a personalized plan made by skilled dentists and technicians collaborating in a team approach.

Many conditions can lead to the need for dental reconstruction, such as tooth loss, cavities, or tooth fracture. The services include dental fillings, crowns, single implants, and bridges. We will explore many of them later in the blog.

As technology progresses further than ever, it’s also integrating more and more into fields of medicine. Dentists might take scans using advanced X-rays and CBCT scans, which cost less and are quicker and more efficient. You can get scanned in just one visit to the dentist’s office. These scans have exponentially increased the diagnostic accuracy of treatments compared to more traditional ways and are continually becoming faster and better. 

This level of digitization has potentially changed the entire dental profession by improving time and efficiency and reducing production costs. An example of the future of dental reconstruction: promising studies show that deep learning neural networks might just be able to make better artificial tooth designs.

Dental Reconstructive Procedures

Various procedures under the umbrella of dental reconstruction are unique to each case. We will try to define some of the major ones and provide scenarios in which they might be used.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

All-on-4 dental implants are a permanent teeth restoration procedure that derives the bulk of their strength from within the jawbone. Four implants support a full-arch prosthesis; thus, the ‘four’ in ‘all-on-four. ‘ This is made possible by osseointegration, a remarkable biological process in which the body forms a strong fusion with the prosthesis. 

The procedure involves placing the two anterior implants and the two posterior implants at an acute angle of 45 degrees, which helps reach a more secure anchorage in the jaw and ensures a uniform distribution of bite force. The treatment promises a high success rate and also assures to last decades.

All-on-6 or All-on-8 Implants

These differ from the all-on-4 implants mentioned before due to adding more foundational ‘posts.’ Increasing the number of implants supporting the prosthesis will distribute the load even more evenly. 

Sufficient bone density is required for these dental implants, and a dentist can recommend it only after considering factors such as an individual’s specific health condition, the quality of bone in the jaw, or the extent of tooth loss suffered. 

Traditional Dentures

Traditional implant dentures are, simply put, removable dental appliances. A broad categorization of these would include complete dentures and partial dentures. The two have basic differences, as complete dentures are used when a complete arch of teeth is missing, and partial ones are used when only some are.

A complete denture can be placed inside after tooth removals in the affected site have completely healed. Partial dentures follow a similar pattern, except they fill in the remaining tooth sockets and fit around the natural teeth that exist. Dentures such as these can be easily removed for maintenance, but they are a dated technology and are only recommended in extremely rare cases. 

Implant-Supported Dentures

An implant-supported denture is another type of overdenture supported with implants. It is functionally very similar to All-on-4 implants, as implants are surgically drilled inside the jawbone in this process. The main difference is that the implant-supported dentures are removable. After the process of osseointegration has been completed, the implant gains optimum fusion with the bone. It can restore almost exactly the level of bite force that the patient formerly had.  Unlike traditional dentures, which use adhesives and suction and can be quite uncomfortable, implant-supported dentures are more secure and stay in place.

Fixed Bridges

One of the more common dental restoration techniques is the fixed implant bridge. It consists of one or more pontics (artificial teeth) held down by crowns, cemented into adjacent natural teeth, and referred to as abutments. Different types of fixed bridges exist, such as Cantilever Bridges and Maryland Bridges, each characterized by specific positioning changes. 

Veneers

Veneers are shells that look like natural teeth and can be seen on the front of a tooth or multiple teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of a damaged or compromised tooth. Veneers can add more symmetricality to the teeth and bring consistency to damaged or discolored teeth. The materials that veneers use may include porcelain or composite resin, but a technician may use specific materials for unique cases. Two types of veneer procedures exist traditional ones, which require extensive preparatory work, including shredding down the natural tooth’s enamel, and ‘No prep.,’  which require lesser enamel removal and overall preparation. This type of veneer doesn’t need anesthesia and may last anywhere from five to fifteen years with proper care.

Conclusion

This blog discussed dental reconstruction and explored the various reconstructive techniques offered in clinics today. We aimed to provide a concise introduction to dental reconstruction, but it’s always best to consult with qualified specialists when choosing a treatment for yourself or a loved one.

If you want a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced staff member who is highly skilled in various types of dental reconstruction techniques, call or visit the New Teeth Clinic in Houston, Texas, and schedule a consultation with us today

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