Get your smile back

With modern prosthesis, we can rebuild your lost or badly damaged teeth. Thanks to CAD/CAM technology we can recreate the natural shape and structure of your teeth with the greatest precision. You will enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile again, and the highest quality materials will allow you to maintain this effect for many years.

Why choose Marena Dental?

  • You will get exactly what you need you need

Skeletal dentures made in our clinic in Poznań guarantee excellent results. Depending on your individual needs, we will make a crown, bridge or denture that will perfectly fit you perfectly.

  • We have access to the latest technologies

During treatment, our prosthetists use advanced computer techniques. This ensures that the crown, bridge or denture will be durable, aesthetically pleasing, perfectly fitted to your jaw and comfortable in everyday use.

  • You will gain confidence and a beautiful smile

Thanks to the use of high-quality materials and precise equipment, your new teeth will look extremely natural. And a natural look is a great reason to smile more often. So stop wondering if it’s worth getting new dentures or fitting a new crown. They will not only restore the function, but also enhance the appearance of your smile, boosting your confidence and self-esteem.

  • You will be under the care of the best specialists

The quality of dental prosthesis is determined not only by modern equipment and high-quality materials, but also by the work of specialists who will prepare them. We value and respect our patients and we offer the expert and compassionate care you need. You can truly trust us with your crowns, bridges and dentures, and other dental care needs.

Porcelain crowns

Dental crowns are recommended when there has been significant damage to the tooth. This applies to both living and dead teeth. In this case, the purpose of the crown is to perform a protective function, such as protection against tooth breakage. One of the types of dental crowns are porcelain crowns. It is most often used in cases where a tooth fracture or dental decay has appeared. Porcelain crowns are very popular among patients, mainly due to their aesthetics. The lifespan of a porcelain crown depends on many factors, such as the condition of the tooth, occlusion, and the quality of the material used. A good quality, looked after crown can last up to 15 years.

What does a dental crown procedure involve?

Dental crowns can be completed in one visit or two, depending on the type of crown you’re getting and the technology that’s available in your dentist’s clinic. Most are a traditional two-step process. Same-day crowns are either temporary crowns or CAD/CAM technology permanent crowns.

Your dentist will first need to take x-rays of the tooth to determine whether there is any tooth decay. A root canal treatment may be needed first if there is a risk of infection. The tooth is then reshaped and its size is reduced, to make room for a crown to fit over it. The prepared tooth and surrounding gum is numbed with local anesthetic and then the dentist will begin to build up and shape the crown to your tooth. Impressions of the tooth are made and sent to our lab where the crown will be produced.

Does the new crown need to be filed down?

This question is asked very often. If it has been done correctly, there is no need to do it. However, sometimes it is necessary. When you get a new crown, its shape is similar to the shape of your original tooth, but the occlusion may be different. You may get used to your new bite or occlusion may get readjusted. But in some cases, the bite is off and it can cause stress on your teeth, which can lead to bone loss or various disorders. In this case, grinding takes place, but only in the minimal amount necessary.

How to look after porcelain crowns?

Continue to follow good oral hygiene as before, especially after meals. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily, especially where the crown meets the gum, as this is where plaque is typically deposited. Toothbrushes with soft or medium-hard bristles will work best. It is also recommended rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash, preferably without alcohol. Follow-up visits should be regular in order to notice any problems or damage to the crown in time.

How long will the porcelain crown last?

Dental crowns can last for many years with proper care and regular dental check-ups. In general, porcelain and zirconia crowns can last up to 15 years, while resin crowns can last up to 10 years. With regular check-ups, your dental crowns can last even longer.

If you are missing a tooth and would like to discuss what your options are regarding dental crowns, then please do not hesitate in contacting us. We are always delighted to hear from you and we look forward to assisting you further.

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Porcelain bridges

A porcelain bridge is a permanent prosthetic restoration. It is a device which is used as a replacement for missing teeth. Unlike a regular denture, a porcelain bridge does not rest on the gum and mucous membrane. It also requires grinding the advanced teeth. The bridge consists of a false tooth – known as a ‘pontic’, which is flanked by two crowns. The pontic slots neatly into a gap left by a missing tooth, whilst the two crowns fit over on each side of the pontic. The bridge is held in place with bands or dental cement.

Porcelain bridges are the most commonly used solution in dentistry and an effective alternative to implants. If properly cared for, a dental bridge will last for up to 15 years.

Dental bridge procedure

A dental bridge is fitted in two stages or three stages:

Stage 1: The dentist will reshape the teeth either side of the gap so that they are ready to receive the bridge. This is followed by the taking of an impression of your teeth using dental putty which acts as a blueprint for your bridge. This impression is sent away to a dental laboratory where it is used to fabricate new crowns and your bridge. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge in the meantime.

Stage 2: The second stage: the dentist removes the temporary bridge and replaces it with your new, permanent bridge. It is checked and adjusted before being cemented in place. Sometimes the bridge needs to be sent back to the lab to be readjusted. In this case, the third visit is necessary to fit the adjusted bridge in place permanently.

Stage 3: If the bridge had to be sent off for any adjustments, this is when it will be cemented in place permanently. You may be asked to come back for regular check-ups, so that the fit and condition of the bridge can be checked.

If the construction of a bridge requires the use of implants, the duration of the entire treatment is extended by several months. This is caused by the time it takes to wait for the bone and gums in which the implant was placed to fully heal.

Alternatives to a bridge are dentures or dental implants.

Reasons for a dental bridge

Your teeth work together as one unit. When one of them is missing, it can result in nearby teeth moving into that empty space. The teeth in your opposite jaw can also move up or down towards this empty space which can cause:

  • Chewing difficulties, affecting your diet and proper nourishment
  • Bite problems when eating
  • Pain from the stress on your teeth and jaw
  • Tooth infections, gum diseases and dental decay
  • Premature bone atrophy, which consequently causes an older appearance
  • Missing teeth can cause the corners of the mouth to droop and the lower face to shorten

Prosthetic bridges are made of materials that provide great comfort of use. The professional workmanship of the bridge means that you do not feel the difference between your natural teeth and the bridge. Biting with a bridge is no different from biting with your natural teeth. In addition, its perfect attachment makes it completely invisible when smiling.

At Materna Dental Clinic, the excellent reviews from our patients speak for themselves!

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Skeletal dentures

Skeletal dentures are classified as removable dentures, so the comfort of wearing them is completely different than in the case of crowns or bridges. Skeletal dentures are made for people who have a higher number of missing teeth due to tooth decay or periodontal disease. These teeth need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Skeletal dentures are maximally reduced and comfortable for the patient to wear. They are made of two parts: the base, which is made of metal and sometimes covered with pink acrylic, and holds the whole structure. And the white acrylic, which imitates the teeth.

The type of denture will be chosen by your dentist during your first appointment. Your dentist will have to take into account the structure of your mouth and the position of your teeth. If you’re missing teeth at the front of the jaw, your dentist may choose an acetal frame denture – made of a type of plastic that is not as hard as metal, making it a more comfortable and better fit for the jaw.

Preparation of the mouth for removable denture

The preparation of the mouth is fundamental to a successful removable denture service. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and will then develop a treatment plan. The objective of the treatment plan is to return the mouth to optimum health before the denture is made. The treatment plan may include oral surgical preparation, periodontal preparation, conditioning of irritated tissues and preparation of abutment teeth. Once the mouth is prepared and fully healed, your dentist will take impressions that will produce the master cast on which the removable partial denture will be fabricated.

How to take care of your denture

Always handle the denture with care and avoid dropping it, as it may break. Clean the denture after each meal to remove food deposits and plaque. Brush it regularly to prevent it from becoming stained. Make sure you use a brush that is designed for cleaning dentures. Alternatively, you can use a regular, soft-bristled toothbrush. Do not use a brush with hard bristles, as it will damage the denture.

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Claspless dentures

Claspless dentures, due to their excellent technical structure, are the most advanced product in the category of removable prosthetic restorations. Their great advantage is that they work identically to skeletal dentures, and additionally do not have visible metal clamps. This is especially appreciated by those who have dentures on their front teeth. Fastening with special elements such as latches or telescopes makes the prosthesis extremely stable. In addition, they are very comfortable to eat and speak.

Claspless dentures have been designed for the most demanding patients. These prostheses combine the functionality of use with the aesthetic appearance. Patients praise them as they look more realistic and natural. The clasps are replaced with latches, sliders or telescopes. Preparing teeth for latches consists of grinding the tooth to act as a pillar to which the latch will be attached. To fit a claspless denture, it is necessary to crown the teeth.

The procedure usually requires four appointments. During the first appointment a full treatment plan is created. It is necessary to check the number of cavities and take a panoramic X-ray. Dentist is then able to assess the condition of the teeth to which the latches will be attached. The following appointments will include the preparation of the abutment teeth (the teeth supporting the denture) which will be responsible for maintaining the latches and locks. Impressions of the teeth are then taken and sent to the prosthetic laboratory. The next appointment is a denture try-in stage. It is not uncommon to have more than one try in an appointment to get things right. The dentist may take off or reposition some of the teeth, and send the denture back to the laboratory for re-adjustment. This is the final chance to change the size, shape or colour of your teeth. If all fits well and no further adjustments are needed, the crown is cemented in place and the prosthesis is finally fitted in place. The dentist will go through all the stages again like for the try-in checking each aspect of the denture. He will also explain to you how to care for your new denture.

How to take care of your claspless denture?

Like with other types of dentures, it is essential to maintain a very good oral hygiene. You should clean your dentures after every meal, at least twice a day. If you are out and can’t clean them properly, try to at least remove them and rinse off any food and debris with water. To clean your denture, use a special denture brush, or if you don’t have one – a normal toothbrush with soft bristles. Gently scrub all parts of the denture -rests, clasps and the base. To rinse, use water or a special denture cleaner. Don’t use anything else, as the abrasive in other products can damage the acrylic resin.
Never clean your denture when it is still in your mouth, as you will miss the most important places like the underside. You will also miss your natural teeth and large areas of dental plaque hidden by the denture, which can rapidly lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

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Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are intended for people who are required to undergo the extraction of one or more teeth. This is the fastest method that allows you to replace missing teeth. Immediate dentures are most often chosen by people who have their teeth removed from the front. Permanent dentures cannot be fitted straight after extractions as the gum needs time to heal. Immediate dentures let you walk out of the dental clinic without any gaps in your teeth.

An additional advantage of immediate dentures is that they can start to be prepared before the extraction of teeth. Your dentist would typically take impressions of the jaw and send it to the lab, where the technician prepares a model, from which he can then cut out the teeth that will be removed. This way, your immediate denture will be ready before the extraction procedure. It takes as little as one to two days to make it.

Immediate dentures also perform protective functions, as they shield the area of extraction and at the same time improve the healing of the wound. Patients are able to eat a few hours later, as the dentures prevent food debris from getting in the wound and minimise bleeding.

Immediate dentures must be relined as soon as the wound has healed. This correction should be made up to a month later. If more teeth are removed, immediate dentures are considered temporary dentures, until the permanent solution can be made. In this case, the immediate denture should be replaced with a new one so that it is 100% compatible with the new system of healed gums.

If you need to have your teeth extracted due to gum disease or severe decay, your dentist may recommend you to wear immediate dentures for the first few months of healing. They can be very helpful in protecting your gums and allow you to get used to eating and talking, ensuring a smooth transition to a permanent set in the future.

However, remember that immediate dentures should only be worn temporarily, until your mouth has healed enough to have permanent dentures. These will be much stronger, more comfortable and will last longer. They will also require fewer adjustments in the future.

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions

When does a tooth need a crown?

A tooth may need a crown in the following situations:
– to replace a large filling when there is “too little tooth” left,
– to protect a weak tooth from cracking or breaking,
– to repair a broken or severely worn down tooth,
– to cover a discoloured or deformed tooth,
– to reconstruct a tooth treated with root canals,
– to fix a prosthetic bridge in place or to cover an implant

How are the crowns and bridges made?

Before making a crown or bridge, the dentist reduces the size of the teeth so that a crown can be put on top. Impressions are then taken and sent off to the laboratory, where a dental technician makes a plaster model. Based on this model a chosen prosthesis is created, which is then sent back to the clinic and fitted in place permanently by the dentist.

What is a dental crown made of?

A dental crown can be made of different materials, such as gold, alloys, ceramic or porcelain. Porcelain and ceramic are used the most, especially to replace front teeth, as they are most aesthetically pleasing and can be matched to the natural tooth colour.

How often should you change your removable dentures?

It is very important that patients who use dentures have regular dental check-ups, at least twice a year. As certain changes occur in the oral cavity such as shrinking of the bone under the mucosa, the denture may start to fit less and will require either relining (correction of the surface adjacent to the gum) or re-making. It is recommended to change the dentures every 3-5 years.

How long does it take to get used to the new denture?

New dentures may feel strange for the first few weeks until you get used to them. It is quite common to feel a minor irritation and soreness and the dentures may feel loose until the muscles in your cheeks and your tongue learn to hold them in place. Some people also experience saliva flow to increase temporarily. However, these problems should resolve as your mouth adjusts and becomes used to the new dentures. A follow-up appointment with your dentist is necessary to check if everything is ok and if any adjustments are needed. Always consult your dentist if any particular discomfort or soreness persists.

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