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Dental Restorations: Bringing Your Smile Back to Life

Reyap Hospital

Damaged, broken, and even missing teeth can all be brought back to life using the latest dental restoration technologies.

Teeth that are broken or missing can affect our quality of life and our self-confidence. Eating and speaking can become difficult or uncomfortable, and we can lose any desire to smile openly.

Reyap hospital can cater to your dental restoration needs by combining world class patient care with cutting-edge prosthetic technologies. From a single damaged tooth, to restoring every tooth in the mouth, we have treatment options to care for every patient.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

To restore a damaged tooth, the gold standard is to use a dental crown, also known simply as a crown. These are ideal for chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Problems that can’t be fixed by filling the tooth will often require a dental crown instead.

Dental Crowns

A dental bridge is similar to a crown, but is used to replace a missing tooth rather than restore a single damaged tooth.

What are dental crowns?

The crown of a tooth is the part we can see above the gum. It’s what we use to bite and chew. A dental crown is an artificial version of this section of tooth.

A simple way to think of a crown is like a helmet that goes over your tooth. It’s shaped and colored to closely match how the tooth originally looked, and then goes over the tooth to restore and protect it.

What are dental crowns made out of?

Crowns can be made out of many materials, such as:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Metal alloy
  • Gold
Types of Crowns

All of these materials can be shaped and placed over the tooth to act as a new crown for that tooth. Materials can also be combined. When it comes to balancing functionality and aesthetics, the dental restoration team at Reyap hospital favour two material combinations: porcelain on metal, and full porcelain.

Porcelain is chosen as the outer layer as it very closely resembles tooth enamel. Other benefits include:

  • Chip resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Long lasting

Porcelain on metal fuses an outer layer of porcelain to a metal support structure. This provides a great deal of durability and longevity to the restoration, without sacrificing aesthetics. Full porcelain restorations fuse porcelain to a ceramic understructure typically reinforced with zirconium. We use full porcelain crowns wherever possible, as they provide

  • Superior aesthetic results
  • Better textural harmony with natural teeth
  • No loss of durability, longevity or functionality

When do you need crowns?

Crowns are used to restore teeth in a variety of situations:

  • A rear tooth is badly damaged
  • Decay has gone too far to restore with filling
  • A root canal has been performed on the tooth
  • To replace a missing tooth with an implant (see below)

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are essentially made out of three or more crowns that are fused together. The crowns at either end of the prosthetic are placed over healthy teeth, and the crown(s) in the middle take the place of the missing tooth or teeth.

In this way, the prosthetic “bridges” the gap between healthy teeth left by missing teeth — hence the name.

Dental Bridges

What are dental bridges made out of?

Dental bridges can be made out of the same materials as dental crowns. We prefer full porcelain bridges for the same reason as our full porcelain crowns — aesthetics, functionality, and durability.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

  • Natural feel while biting and chewing
  • Restore functionality to the mouth
  • Prevent damage to other teeth. When people are missing teeth on one side of the mouth, they often over-compensate on the opposite side, leading to stress and damage to those teeth
  • Prevent teeth adjacent to missing teeth from moving out of position

Partial and Total Dentures: Dentures have been used to replace large numbers of missing teeth for many centuries. Today they are made out of acrylic, either with or without a metal support structure.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are used when there are too many teeth to replace with a bridge, but not enough to justify a total denture. Partial dentures are supported by the gums, and sometimes the remaining teeth in the mouth through crochet hoops or crowns.

  • All acrylic partial dentures are preferred as temporary restorations due to their longevity
  • Partial dentures supported on a metal structure are called Skeleton Partial Dentures, and provide greater support and stability. They use crochet hoops to connect to remaining teeth for greater functionality
  • Sensitive retained partial dentures are placed on the soft tissue of the mouth, but supported by crowns at either end of the denture. These are also known as snap-on dentures.

What are total dentures?

Total dentures are used to replace an entire row, or “arch”, of teeth. These are made with prosthetic teeth set into an acrylic, gum-coloured base. Total dentures are kept in place over the gums and soft tissue of the mouth through negative air pressure.

Implant Supported Restorations: Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. With these devices, your restorative dentistry in Turkey can be longer-lasting, more functional, and better-supported than ever before.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a screw typically made of either titanium or ceramic. They’re inserted into the jaw and allowed to fuse to the bone. Once this process is complete, a restoration can be placed on top of the implant.

Dental Implants

What can dental implants be used for?

Dental implants can be used to replace anywhere from one tooth, to every tooth in the mouth. To achieve this, one or more implants are used to support a dental restorative prosthesis.

A single dental implant can be used to support:

  • A dental crown, to replace a single tooth from the root up
  • A bridge, to replace to or three teeth

To replace many teeth simultaneously, carefully placed implants can be used to support whole or partial dentures. An entire arch of teeth can actually be supported with as few as four dental implants and a denture. This is very cost-effective, and saves the patient from needing intense surgery.

Benefits of implant-supported restorations

  • Supports bone volume in the jaw
  • Can lessen or remove the need to interfere with healthy teeth
  • Prevents dentures from falling out, saving on embarrassment and lack of confidence
  • Provides more realistic sensation when biting and chewing
  • Allows patients with full dentures to eat foods they wouldn’t be allowed to with traditional dentures

Restorative Dental Treatments in Turkey

The Reyap Hospital provides world-class restorative dental care in Istanbul, Turkey. From restoring a single damaged tooth with a crown, to replacing all of your missing teeth with an implant-supported whole denture, we can cater to every patient’s needs.