OMD Prosthetic Dentistry - M.D.S - A dental prosthesis is an intraoral (inside the mouth) prosthesis used to reconstruct intraoral defects such as missing, or missing parts of teeth, and soft or hard structures of the jaw and palate. They are used to rehabilitate jaw and chewing ability, improve aesthetics and speech. A dental prosthesis may be held in place by connecting to teeth, dental implants, suction and being held passively by surrounding muscles. Like other types of prostheses, they can either be fixed permanently or removable. Permanently fixed dental prostheses use dental adhesive or screws, to attach to teeth or dental implants. Removal prostheses may use friction against parallel hard surfaces and undercuts of adjacent teeth or dental implants, suction using the mucous retention and by exploiting the surrounding muscles and anatomical contours of the jaw to passively hold in place.
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