Many people suffer from dental problems and missing teeth, and not only elderly people, but also middle-aged and young people who need dental bridge following accidents or sport injuries.
One solution is to replace one or more missing teeth with a dental prothesis, called a pontic.
The most common technique is the traditional dental bridge, which consists of a hollow crown on either side and one or two artificial teeth (pontics) in the middle. To secure the bridge in place the crowns fit over the adjacent healthy teeth, where the pontics will be cemented. One disadvantage of this technique is that enamel of the neighbouring teeth must be removed to fit the crowns that support the entire bridge. The enamel doesn’t grow back. These two teeth must be strong enough in order to support the extra biting pressure caused by the bridge. The good point is its affordable but that depends on the number of ‘pontics’ and quality. The time required by the process is around 2 months. Its longevity is estimated between 5 and 15 years.
The Maryland Dental Bridge is constituted by a metal or porcelain frame with a pontic in the front, with one or two wings that attach to the neighbouring natural teeth. This method is more conservative and it’s very strong and realistic. During the operation it is necessary to cut part of the healthy teeth to perfectly match the fake tooth with the empty space left by the missing tooth. Moreover this solution is quite expensive.
Another solution could be the Cantilever Dental Bridge that is similar to traditional ones, with the difference having just one tooth to support the bridge. Its advantage is that it needs only one natural tooth, but this also implicates less stability and other possible issues, like a fractured tooth or loosening of the crown.
Dental Implants are made from very strong materials, like titanium, that aren’t affected by allergic reactions or rejections and are easily preserved. These implants are placed into the jawbone, replacing the missing root and they don’t affect the adjacent teeth, they preserve the jawbone structure and the shape of the face. Moreover they are the most durable solution, also lasting a lifetime. Their issue is the high cost and not affordable for everyone. This is the most expensive option indeed. This method also requires quite long time to complete the implant, usually around 5 months.
One of the most common solutions are Dentures, a series of prosthetic teeth fixed to a plastic or metal frame which clips around existing healthy teeth. This technique is very versatile and is the most affordable option. However dentures are often not very stable, wearers must be careful about what they’re eating because certain foods could dislodge or damage dentures. Due to mouth changes, dentures can last only a few years and the physical appearance of dentures can be unnatural and unattractive.
Mr Nicolas has developed a new solution: The Miserden Maxistick Bridge. This represents a new type of dental bridge, a removable adhesive prothesis for partial or full teeth replacement. The technique prevents damage to healthy teeth and preserves bone. The bridge is fixed through some extensions in the superior part of the prothesis that fit in the root holes. Thanks to these characteristics, the Miserden Maxistick Bridge is very stable, secure and comfortable. The final result is very realistic and natural in both look and feel. The entire process requires 3 months and during this period the patient will be fitted with a temporary dental plate (if appropriate).