A dental prosthetics is used to replace missing teeth. At the Medical Dentistry clinic, we keep up with the latest achievements in the field of dental materials and thus avoid using any metals in prostheses such as individual “porcelain” crowns or larger bridges. When treating individual teeth, we use a type of ceramic that is translucent to light and enables excellent integration of the prosthetic cap into the existing dental arch. When it comes to larger prostheses (bridges), we utilise zirconium oxide framework ceramic, a very hard material that ensures the durability of the prosthetics. Its advantages are supported by scientific findings as well as our own experience. This type of ceramic is not translucent to light, making it highly suitable for use with darker teeth that have been coloured by old metal frameworks or incorrect treatments in the past. On top of that, the manufacturer provides a 5-year guarantee on the frameworks, which is extremely rare in this industry.
The most common worry of our patients is how to survive the period of prosthetic rehabilitation because they still need to go to work and socialise. We realise that it is nearly impossible to go through this period in isolation, therefore we do not allow you to leave the clinic before you are not at least temporarily orderly. Therefore the procedure will not bother you in your everyday tasks.
We are being aided by the knowledge of Sebastjan Perko, dr. med. dent., PhD, who received his doctoral title at the International post-graduate school.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MINIMISE TOOTH DAMAGE OR WEAR?
1. Before eating, cut your food into suitable pieces. If you have an unstable bite (crossbite), you will do less damage to the teeth if you bite and chew with less force. Large pieces of meat, fruit or vegetables require more muscle tension, causing more force to be exerted on the teeth. However, it is absolutely not recommended to process or blend your food. Teeth need basic exertion, as long as it is not excessive.2. Do not use your teeth to open bottles, bite off adhesive tape or thread, crush nuts, etc.
3. Nail biting is not just a bad and unattractive habit, it also causes significant damage to the incisors, the canines and the jaw joint.
4. Chewing hard objects can also contribute to the wear and damage of dental surfaces.
5. Many people still believe that a toothpick is the best means of cleaning hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. We advise against using toothpicks, as they damage the gums.
6. Avoid food and beverages with low pH values. Soft drinks, energy drinks, vinegar and certain fruit such as apples, lemons and other citruses have the ability to erode tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the body. Once the enamel has been damaged, the wear of the dentine below will accelerate by 700%.
7. Reduce the amount of stress in your life. While stress does not directly contribute to the occurrence and development of teeth grinding at night, it has been scientifically proven that people under more stress clench and grind their teeth harder, more frequently and for longer periods of time.
A dental veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured material made in the dental laboratory after extensive preparations at the clinic. Veneers are suitable for people who want to change the shape of their teeth and smile with confidence. Veneers are used in case of coloured, rotated or broken teeth, teeth that are misaligned in the dental arch and teeth that are irregularly or incorrectly shaped or spaced too far apart.
It has been proven that one out of three patients clenches his or her teeth at night. A misaligned bite, teeth clenching and grinding means that there is a serious lack of coordination between the muscles, jaw joint and teeth. These problems usually surface in the form of signs discovered by the dentist rather than symptoms a patient could identify on his or her own. If asked whether they clench their teeth at night, most people will reply, “Of course not.” The reason why most people have two different bites is in the fact that misaligned points on the teeth prevent the maximum contact of all teeth with the correct positioning of the jaw joint. If you feel that your bite is changing, we recommend a detailed bite analysis that will allay your fears or provide information for treatment.
There are three causes of tooth loss:
- Tooth decay – caries;
- Periodontal disease;
Ignoring injuries sustained in sports, fights and accidents, it is your bite that slowly but surely destroys your teeth.