FPD (Fixed Partial Dentures) is a dental appliance which is used to replace one or more missing teeth which gain its support and retention from the adjacent tooth and other supporting soft tissues. This is not only done for missing teeth alone but for broken and discolored tooth, decayed tooth and also in some space closures.
Fixed partial dentures are a cap like an appliance which will resemble the tooth structure anatomically. And this cap like appliance is fixed on to the trimmed tooth structure. They are available in many different materials:
- Metal (metallic color).
- Metal-ceramic(metallic inside with tooth-colored ceramic outer covering).
- Full ceramic(tooth colored both inside and outside).
- Zirconium (tooth colored with the anatomic resemblance to the tooth).
Among this the one with the best aesthetic and functional outcome is Zirconia.
Here a patient walked into Richardsons dental and craniofacial hospital with a complaint of missing teeth in the upper front teeth region, which he lost in an accident. and since it is the front teeth he was very much worried about his aesthetic appearance.
The dentist in RDCH examined his mouth clinically and radiographically which revealed that his oral condition was apt to go for an FPD Crown. So an impression was recorded and in a couple of days, he got his smile and confidence back.