Tipos de prótesis dentales


Types of dental prostheses

In today’s article we will tell you about the different types of dental prostheses and the differences between them.

Fixed or removable dental prostheses are placed in the patient’s mouth to replace missing teeth. Thanks to these artificial devices, we can solve problems of dental esthetics, hygiene and chewing, while avoiding the deterioration of the rest of the teeth and the loss of tone of the facial muscles.

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Fixed Dental Prostheses

Fixed dental prostheses are devices that are integrated into the patient’s tooth structure, so they cannot be removed by the patient.

These are the most comfortable, reliable and durable dentures. Therefore, the patient’s quality of life will be improved.

There are two types of fixed dental prostheses: tooth-supported and implant-supported.

Fixed prostheses on teeth

Fixed prostheses on teeth, or tooth-supported prostheses, are a good alternative for patients who cannot have dental implants. Since these are supported only by the teeth.

Fixed prostheses on implants

In this case, dental prostheses are supported on implants. It is the best option to replace missing teeth, since the patient feels that they are natural teeth, with the same esthetics and functionality.

We distinguish between different types of fixed dental prostheses on implants

  • Unit crowns. They can be placed on teeth or on implants. Crowns can be made of different materials, such as ceramics, resins or zirconium, all of which perfectly mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
  • Implant-supported bridges. Bridges on implants are used to replace several contiguous teeth that are damaged or missing, in a fixed and durable manner. It is a great option when three or more consecutive teeth are missing. The missing pieces at the ends are replaced by an implant and a crown, while those in the center are replaced by a crown.
  • Hybrid Prosthesis. These are fixed structures screwed onto dental implants. They are recommended for patients who do not have any teeth, or with a diagnosis of short-term loss. This resin prosthesis is composed of a metal framework, to which the artificial crowns are attached, as well as an artificial gingiva. They are used to replace complete arches, 4 to 6 implants are needed to hold it.

Removable Dentures

Unlike fixed types of dentures, with removable dentures the patient can remove them for cleaning and sleep, and put them back in afterwards.

This treatment is especially designed for elderly people who cannot undergo more invasive treatments.

There are two types of removable dentures: removable partial dentures and removable complete dentures.

Removable partial dentures

Removable partial dentures are placed in patients who are missing several teeth. They are supported on teeth in good condition with the placement of hooks.

Removable complete dentures

They are used in patients without any dental piece, in cases where a complete oral rehabilitation with dental implants is not possible.


Finally, the overdenture is a complete removable prosthesis, which is anchored to the implants to improve their stability in the oral cavity. Although firmly anchored, the patient can remove the overdenture for proper hygiene.

Clínica Noguerol, dental prostheses in Granada

As you can see, the different types of dentures play an important role in restoring missing teeth. The choice of the type of prosthesis will depend on several factors, which we will analyze in a particular way in our dental clinic in Granada.

Clínica Noguerol specializes in dental prosthesis in Granada. Our team of professionals has extensive experience in prosthodontics and dental implantology. We will be happy to attend to your case so that you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful and natural smile as soon as possible.

Contact us and ask for your first assessment appointment.

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