What is the total prosthesis?
Total prosthesis is the best option when teeth have been completely lost. It is important to know that there are many options according to each need, the properties vary among cost, naturalness and resistance. The total prosthesis can normally last between 4 to 5 years. More than this time it is not advisable to leave them in the mouth because they become porous to be made of acrylic and begins the maladaptation in the mouth, as the gums are reabsorbed over time and become smaller while the prosthesis will have the same size, producing difficulty eating and speaking.
Types of total prosthesis
High impact total prosthesis
High impact total prosthesis: The high impact total prosthesis is the most recommended by us because it uses a special acrylic that makes it more resistant than conventional acrylic. Additionally, the use of teeth of several layers of acrylic make a prosthesis not only more resistant but more aesthetic and natural, because it has more effects of the mouth. This type of prosthesis is also the one we recommend when prosthesis over implants are going to be made, since it has better properties in all aspects. It should be considered that independently that it is more resistant than the conventional one, it is not recommended to overuse it. It should be taken care of accidental falls and improper use.
Conventional Total Prosthesis
This prosthesis is elaborated with the same steps as the one mentioned above. Except that it is more affordable. The price depends on the type of teeth chosen as its value varies according to the characteristics of each one.
Immediate Total Prosthesis
As its name indicates, it is elaborated immediately with only the initial impression of the mouth and it is sent to the laboratory. The teeth and the shade of the tooth are chosen at the same time and the prosthesis is ready the same day or the following day.
It is used in cases where the patient for some emergency has lost the prosthesis and prevents him from doing his normal activities. It is also used when dental implants are required as a temporary prosthesis or when certain surgeries are going to be performed in the gum. It is also used in patients who still have teeth in the mouth but for some reason, whether dental mobility or tooth decay should be removed, these prostheses are placed temporarily. These are overlaid with a special material to last certain days while healing and after that period begins and with the final prosthesis.
This type of prosthesis is not recommended for continuous use. Its use is recommended on a temporary basis because when it is made from one day to the next it cannot copy all the movements of the patient’s mouth, making a wrong adaptation.
Total prosthesis High Aesthetics
Contrary to what many might think, there are also high aesthetics in terms of dental prostheses, but the sense is totally different from the normal aesthetics in teeth. Regarding total prosthesis, the higher the esthetics, the more natural the prosthesis looks. The features of the prosthesis, such as spaces, crooked teeth and stains, as well as the quality of the teeth should be natural. The high esthetic teeth for prosthesis have more layers, which makes them much more natural and more resistant.
How long does the treatment last
The treatment of total prosthesis can last from one day to another in case of immediate prosthesis. However, it can take 4 or 5 appointments in case of the other types of prosthesis, which are the ones we recommend the most. The treatment can take 1 month, in international patients we make a special protocol with the laboratory in which we reduce the total treatment time by up to 1 week without affecting the results.