Telescopic prosthesis – removable and yet firmly anchored
A partial denture or full denture replaces lost teeth – but often the removable denture does not sit well and is attached to the teeth with large, visible braces. Telescopic prostheses can help: Read all about the aesthetic solution with high wearing comfort.
What is a telescopic prosthesis??
A telescopic prosthesis is a partial denture or full denture to replace missing teeth. The conventional removable prosthesis is attached to the remaining teeth by means of clamps or is held in the case of the total denture by suction on the edentulous jaw. Often, the maintenance of these dentures is a problem, or patients do not want to wear metal braces visibly in the mouth as dentures.
The telescopic prosthesis is completely different. As a partial denture, it is invisibly anchored to the remaining teeth or, in the case of a toothless jaw, to implants.
How is a telescopic prosthesis constructed??
On the own teeth a telescope crown is cemented, which primary crown, also interior telescope called. This crown is not removable and does not look like a tooth, but more like a cone. It serves to make the secondary crown or that outdoor telescope can be fitted accurately and created by friction, a firm grip. The outer crowns look like a real tooth and are integrated into the row of teeth of the removable denture. Once inserted, the telescopic prosthesis can be removed again and again.
Which materials are used?
For whom is the telescopic tooth set suitable?
Many patients want the comfort and aesthetics of fixed dentures for their removable dentures. But if too many teeth are missing and implants are out of the question, often only removable dentures are possible. Telescopic prostheses are an excellent fit to allow the wearing of invisible, fixed dentures and to save the price of implants. However, it is a prerequisite that suitable abutment teeth are still available. For edentulous jaws, only removable dentures can be considered without implants.
The pros and cons at a glance
Even if these dentures are a great opportunity for patients: Removable dentures in the form of telescopic prostheses has advantages and disadvantages like any dentures.
The advantages of the telescopic prosthesis
- No brackets needed to stop the prosthesis – clearly improved aesthetics
- very good grip through telescopes, comparable to fixed dentures
- cost-effective as implants, they can save the expensive treatment
- good to clean: like removable dentures
- Better, more even load the residual teeth than with staple prostheses
- versatile use: possible in the upper jaw and lower jaw
The disadvantages of this denture
- so-called Demaskierungseffekt: after removal of the prosthesis metallic telescopic stumps are visible
- Price is high: significantly more expensive than normal removable dentures, albeit cheaper than implants
- grinding healthy teeth necessary for the telescopic crowns
The costs – and what will be taken over?
What influences the cost of your dentures?
The cost of these dentures vary greatly. They depend on:
- the used one material
- of the number the needed telescopic crowns
- the fee for the dentist.
For example, for gold telescope crowns, the cost is relatively high compared to non-precious metal. Since making the crowns is particularly expensive, because much more complex than the rest of the denture, your dentures will be more expensive the more telescopes are needed. Also, the manufacturing costs for removable dentures in the upper jaw are usually slightly higher than in the lower jaw.
The costs for a restoration with such a prosthesis are around € 3,000 to € 10,000.
What costs does the health insurance fund take over??
Statutory health insurance subsidizes these dentures under certain conditions. Normally, the standard care is a removable denture with metal brackets, which is taken over the fixed subsidy. This fixed subsidy is also available for partial dentures with telescopes. Of course, their own contribution is significantly higher than with a staple prosthesis.
If you have only three remaining teeth or only the canines are present and the molars are missing, the telescopic prosthesis can also be a cash benefit and be subsidized higher. Here is also worth a well-run bonus booklet. Let us advise you.
For private insured and supplementary dental insurance, the reimbursement of costs depends on the respective tariff.
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