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Fixed Rehabilitation

Fixed rehabilitation is performed to fill in a damaged tooth or a gap due to missing teeth; the patient cannot remove it from his/her mouth. The primary methods of fixed rehabilitation are the use of crowns, bridges and rehabilitation built on implants.

1. Restoration using a crown - single
2.
Restoration using a bridge - several connected crowns
3.
Restoration using an implant
- attaching the crown/crown above it


1. Restoration using a single crown

When a tooth has a very large filling or has undergone a root canal, it is possible to rehabilitate it very successfully using a crown that provides both strength and an aesthetically pleasing look. Crowns are usually made of a metal frame coated with porcelain. A crown that is constructed correctly and properly can last a very long time and is aesthetic and strong. The metal frame can be created from various metals – either precious, semi-precious or non-precious. Over the past years, the non-precious metals have been greatly improved and the advantages of the precious metals have reduced. Today, except for special circumstances (such as allergy), there is no actual justification for using them. Over the past 12 years, porcelain crowns have been created with a white-colored metal cap. The obvious advantage is the possibility of attaining amazing aesthetics which lasts years. In the past, these were primarily meant for use for anterior teeth. From 2006 onward, an improvement has been made to the strength of these crowns, and they can definitely be used for posterior teeth as well.

Rehabilitation with a Zirconia Crown
Oral rehabilitation with zirconia crowns + porcelain laminates + white fillings

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Procera brand Non-metallic Crown

   
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 Non-metallic, LAVA brand Posterior Crown

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 Non-metallic, LAVA brand Posterior Crown

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2. Rehabilitation using a bridge

The bridge is meant to fill in missing teeth, while being supported by the remaining teeth. Implants can be added and teeth combined with implants to rehabilitate more extensive tooth loss.

A tooth used for supporting a bridge is called an abutment tooth. Abutment teeth are half the length of the bridge, meaning that if the bridge is on six teeth, at least three abutment teeth are required.

Temporary bridge – Made of acrylic in a laboratory or at the clinic; purpose is to replace missing teeth for a limited time period, usually a few weeks.

Fortified temporary bridge – This is a bridge made of acrylic fortified with metal. It is meant for longer periods of time, such as several months to a year. Primarily used when there is a need for a long period of recuperation due to bone augmentation or to examine teeth with periodontal problems, or bite raising.

Permanent bridge – Made of a metal frame coated with porcelain. In areas where aesthetics must be considered, a zirconia bridge or similar can be used to improve the natural look.



LAVA brand Porcelain Bridge

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3. Rehabilitation using an implant


Please read the explanations about Tooth Implants and Dental Implants.







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