There are several types of prostheses, depending on how many teeth are left in the mouth, and the state they are in.
- Removable prosthesis : This prosthesis is indicated when the patient needs to restore one or more teeth and readjust the balance between the upper and lower jaw. It can be supported by the gums (complete prostheses/ dentures) or by a remaining tooth (or teeth) which will hold it in place by the means of “hooks”. The teeth are usually made of an acrylic material and the bridge is removable by the patient, with no help needed.
- Permanently fixed prosthesis (bridges) : The advantage of this prosthesis is that as well as replacing the missing teeth, it is permanently fixed into the mouth. It is completely supported by the remaining teeth. These teeth have to be formed into a “pillar” shape in order to support the false teeth. Once the laboratory has made these teeth, they will be permanently cemented into place.