When teeth are too damaged and conventional care is no longer enough, Paul Corcoran DDS can offer prosthetic care to replace these teeth. The issue most people have is determining which prostheses are best. This short article will outline some useful information needed to make a sound choice.
A crown is a prosthesis that can cover a damaged tooth to strengthen or replace it entirely by relying on a pivot. To do this, a fingerprint of your tooth is done beforehand. There are ceramic crowns that blend perfectly with the original teeth. Another fixed prosthesis, the bridge, is made up of several crowns. It is used to replace several missing teeth. Once installed, the bridge rests on the remaining neighboring teeth. Finally, if a person simply wants to improve the aesthetics of a very damaged or broken tooth, the dentist may suggest a dental veneer, a kind of ceramic film that sticks to the outside face of the tooth.
Removable dental prostheses, also called dentures, may be partial or total. In the first case, it is used to replace some teeth. The denture is then attached to the healthy teeth with hooks. As the name suggests, these removable prostheses can be removed easily. A total prosthesis can also be used to replace all teeth at the bottom or top. Since these prostheses rely directly on the gum, a real discomfort is often felt by the patients, not to mention they stay in place poorly when compared to a fixed prosthesis. On the other hand, their cost is less.
The main problem with dental prostheses is obviously their price. Poorly repaid, these dental treatments are very expensive, especially if the person has several teeth to replace. A crown costs about $1000 (sometimes less and sometimes more – this is dependent upon where the patient is being treated), much of which may not be reimbursed by your dental insurance. But do not hesitate to get quotes from several dentists before deciding which one suits you best. People already know that there is nothing worse than dental pain, so why put yourself through the agony? Contact a local dentist today.