Prosthetic Dentistry, Prosthodontics or Dental Prosthetics is the area of dentistry that focuses on the replacement of missing teeth with dental prostheses.
Occlusion in relation to teeth refers to how your teeth “fit together”, when the upper and lower jaw close. If your teeth fit together incorrectly, they can become damaged, wear out, break, move and lose supporting bone. You may also feel pain in your masticatory muscles or a clicking sound in the temporomandibular joint. It is important to diagnose and treat any disorder in the temporomandibular joint, masticatory muscles and dental occlusion in time in order to prevent serious future problems.
Therapeutic interventions can range from simple counselling, to exercises, anti-inflammatory therapy or occlusal stabilization splints worn at night. Many patients with extensive restorative work and implants may also need occlusal splints before treatment, to identify the position of the mandible and after treatment to protect the porcelain.
With all-ceramic crowns and bridges, we can make dental restorations with excellent cosmetic results and biocompatibility. The absence of a metal frame prevents the appearance of the unsightly black line on the gums and ensures the biological integration of the prosthetic restorations.
To ensure the effectiveness of the treatment and the complete satisfaction of our patients, we take time to perform a thourough examination, discuss their expectations, present them our diagnosis and the analysis of the problems of their mouth, take the neccessary radiographs and analyse their occlusion and the aesthetic result, using photos and mounted casts.
T-Scan ® III is the only system capable of measuring dental occlusal forces and assessing the occlusion balance of patients. Thanks to this, we can provide accurate, perfect occlusion and be confident of the final result of our efforts. The assessment of occlusal forces is very simple. The patient bites onto an ultrathin sensor and the recorded pressure is transferred to a computer, which analyses and displays the data as shown below.
As T-Scan ® III, can record force as a function of time, it is an indispensable tool for the assessment of the successive relations of movements of the mandible. We can identify occlusal interferences and premature contacts, determine the relative force of each premature contact and estimate the potential injury from this contact. These measurements are stored and serve as a benchmark for the patient's future occlusion examinations.