Patients who have lost some of their teeth, and so their smile and ability to chew properly, can get them back thanks to the joint effort of the dentist and the laboratory technician. Prostheses can be removable (patients can take them out) or fixed (patients can’t remove them). The latter can be created with different materials, according to the esthetic needs of the patient (resin or ceramic, supported by implants in different materials, according to how much they resemble natural teeth).
Fixed prostheses can be anchored to natural teeth or to implants. The latter, which are also called “root implants”, need enough bone to support them. If there is not enough bone to support the implant, more complex techniques, such as zygomatic implants (upper jaw) or bone grafts, are needed.