Dentures or false teeth
Dentures, or false teeth, correct the bite and make your row of teeth look beautiful.
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Dental prostheses, or artificial teeth, make your teeth intact and functional. There are many different types of dental prostheses, attachment methods and materials. Together with our dentist, you can find the right way to fix your dental problems.
Dental prostheses, or artificial denture, in a nutshell
- Missing teeth are replaced with dental prostheses or false teeth.
- Crowns and veneers are permanently fixed to your own tooth. The crown can also be fixed to an artificial root screwed into the jawbone.
- Removable dental prostheses are made as full dental prostheses or partial prostheses, depending on the amount of tooth loss.
- Dental prostheses are always custom-made. Your dentist will work with you to design the solution that best meets your needs.
During the dental check-up, you will get an assessment of the health of your mouth and teeth from the dentist, as well as a recommendation for further measures. A dental check-up is a painless examination, and there is no need to do any treatment in connection with it.Book an appointment for a dental check-up
Why dental prostheses or artificial denture?
Dental prostheses may be a good idea if you are missing teeth and cannot enjoy eating normally. In addition, all dental prostheses can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that have become badly damaged.
Missing teeth can cause bone loss in the affected area. A missing tooth can also cause teeth adjacent to the empty space and the opposing tooth to move out of position in the mouth. This can later make it difficult to replace the missing tooth with a dental prosthesis – so it's worth getting the problem fixed early.
Dental prostheses – What are the options?
There are many different types of dental prostheses – generally they are divided into fixed and removable dentures. We will always find the right solution for your situation!
- A crown is a fixed structure that fits over a tooth or implant screw and looks exactly like your own tooth.
- A laminate is a lighter option than a crown and is suitable for treating the visible frontal area. A laminate covers the visible surface of your tooth when you smile.
- A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth and is supported by your own teeth or implant screws.
- Partial prostheses is removable, and can be entirely acrylic or include a metal frame. The prosthesis rests on the oral mucosa or teeth and is held in place by metal hooks on the teeth. Partial dental prostheses are used when a large number of teeth are missing and a fixed prosthesis is not possible.
- Complete prostheses are acrylic. At the top, it is held in place by a tight air seal against the ridges of the upper jaw, while the lower jaw prosthesis is held in place by the lower jaw ridges and gravity.
The production of the dental prostheses takes many steps – the result is rewarding
Dental prostheses are made step by step to ensure you get a prostheses that fits perfectly and looks like the real thing. This is how it's done:
Basic oral careThe first step is to start with the first stage of the prosthetic treatment. Before starting prosthetic treatment, your dentist will treat caries, gingivitis, periodontitis and other possible oral diseases. The dental hygienist removes tartar.
A prosthetic examination and planning visitWhen considering dental prostheses, start by booking an appointment with your dentist. We will examine your situation and clarify your wishes to find the most suitable prosthetic treatment for you. We often take x-rays and design models to support the design, either digitally or by traditional reproduction.
Prosthetic treatmentProsthetic treatment can take up to one and a half years to complete and require multiple visits. Sometimes it may be necessary to modify the jaw bone or soft tissue prior to inserting permanent implant screws. For the most demanding implant prosthetic work, we use digital 3D design to ensure the best possible treatment outcome and minimise risk.
Preparation of the prostheses. In cooperation with your treating dentist, a dental technician in our dental laboratory will fabricate a dental prosthesis that fits your mouth perfectly and looks natural.
Installation of prostheses. The dentist will fit the prosthesis in your mouth during your appointment. The fitting is painless. Properly prepared prosthesis will fit in your mouth. Your dentist will also provide you with clear instructions for home care. Finally, your dentist will tell you the appropriate interval for your check-up.
Treatment follow-up and repairsFollow-up appointment. We will also take care of the situation in your mouth after the implantation of the prosthesis. Sometimes it is a good idea to check the fit of the dental prosthesis at a follow-up visit – with loose prostheses, problems can occur even if it feels right in your mouth at the fitting. We will finish fitting the prosthesis as needed.
Repairing the prostheses. With good home care, a fixed prosthesis can last up to ten years or more. The mucous membranes become deformed when loose prostheses are worn, and initially, loose prostheses may need to be reshaped by resurfacing up to a year after fitting.
Cleaning removable prostheses
Acrylic, often used as a material for removable dental prostheses, repels dirt well but can crack when it dries. This can make it easier for oral contaminants to adhere.
Tartar can stick to the surface of the dental prosthesis, just like real teeth – so remember to clean your dental prosthesis carefully!
- Clean your dental prosthesis twice a day.
- Remove the dental prosthesis from your mouth for cleaning.
- Wash dental prostheses with a soft brush designed for denture cleaning.
- Use a non-abrasive denture cleaner that will not damage the acrylic surface.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
Dental prosthesis repair renews your teeth
Your dental prosthesis will last a long time if you take good care of them at home and have regular dental check-ups.
Sometimes your dental prosthesis can break. When this happens, it's a good idea to see a dentist. All dental prostheses can be repaired if necessary.
If your dental prosthesis feels loose or out of place, book an appointment at Hammas Mehiläinen. We will check the functionality of your dental prosthesis and fix it, good as new.
Dental prosthesis – the price depends on the number of procedures and the materials used
Dental prosthetic treatment may require several visits to a dentist or, in more severe cases, a prosthetic dental specialist. The price also depends on the prosthetic model and materials.
You will receive a price estimate for the production of a suitable dental prosthesis.
A long-lasting, comfortable and well-functioning dental prosthesis is an investment in your own well-being. At Hammas Mehiläinen, we manufacture dentures using the best equipment and quality materials – we also use 3D technology where possible to achieve the best possible results.
We believe that price need not be a barrier to functional and beautiful dentures, and that's why you can pay for your treatment in instalments. Check out our flexible payment methods.