The goal of prosthodontics or prosthetics is long-term replacement of missing and/or damaged teeth. The relevant replacement teeth are made by hand in a laboratory by a dental technician. Professional dentures give patients a confident appearance and strong chewing motions.
Within the field of prosthetics, there are various different approaches. Usually, dentures are split into three categories:
- Fixed dentures
- Removable dentures
- Partial prosthetics
- Combined dentures
Below, we will discuss the four variants in detail.
The term fixed dentures refers to crowns, partial crowns, inlays and bridges, for example. They are not removable and are the closest to real teeth with regards to stability and functionality. Today, the following materials are used for fixed dentures:
- Metal alloys (e.g. gold)
- Tooth-colored ceramic materials (e.g. zirconium oxide, pressed ceramic)
The term removable dentures includes partial and total prostheses.
Depending on the situation, they can serve as replacements both in the long term and in the short term (e.g. for the period shortly after losing a tooth or teeth). The artificial teeth are placed on the so-called “basis” (a plastic component).
If there are still healthy teeth present, the partial prosthesis can be fixed to them using metal clips. Total prostheses (also known as full dentures) are only used when patients have lost all their teeth and are attached to the jaw purely through a suction effect. For this, extremely precise fitting is required.
Combined dentures include, for example, so-called telescope and attachment prostheses. This is a unique combination of removable and fixed dentures.
In order to use combined dentures, the patient must have some of their own teeth and/or implants remaining, onto which part of the prosthesis can be anchored. The advantage of combined dentures: Secure grip, high stability and a long lifespan.
We would be happy to advise you on the various options and show you which variant is the best for you. Feel free to contact us! You can find our contact details in the yellow info box on this page or under Contact details.
Dental prostheses costs
Health insurance companies pay a fixed subsidy for bridges, dentures and crowns. This amount is calculated using average values and covers half of the determined costs for standard care.
On October 1st 2020, this fixed subsidy increased to 60 percent, or with a bonus booklet to 70 percent (in the case of regular check-ups over five years) and 75 percent (in the case of regular check-ups over ten years).
Standard care refers to the basic treatment defined by the statutory health insurance companies. Crowns, partial crowns, inlays and bridges unfortunately, as before, require a co-payment.
Feel free to contact us! We can give you individual advice on which treatment options are possible for you and on the best treatment method for you.