Prosthodontics refers to the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, planning, and execution of cosmetic and restorative treatments. Dentists who want to specialize in prosthodontics will have to complete additional three or four years of training following dental school.
Simply put, a prosthodontist is an architect that comes up with a detailed treatment plan and makes the available options known to the patient. Defective or missing teeth can lower a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem. The latest technology allows a prosthodontist to fill these gaps with natural-looking, functional teeth that improve a person’s confidence and improves the smile.
- Here some of the reasons why a prosthodontist may be consulted:
- Creating full sets or partial dentures
- To improve the aesthetic look of the teeth and smile, including teeth whitening
- Interest in dental implants
- Filling gaps created by one or more missing teeth
What treatments can the prosthodontist perform?
Prosthodontic have a track record of lasting long and being attractive. These procedures are usually carried out healthy teeth. Problems such gum disease has to be treated before the commencement of prosthodontic treatments.
A range of sophisticated prosthodontic treatments are available, and they include the following:
Dental Implants – these are used for replacing the natural teeth. Titanium roots are usually implanted in the jawbone in a way that is similar to natural tooth roots. Implants come with the same feeling and look as natural teeth.
Dental Veneers – Veneers refer to ceramic or porcelain which is usually bonded to the natural teeth. Veneers can be a great solution to issues like chipped and damaged teeth, stained teeth, and uneven teeth.
Dental Crowns – Prosthetic crowns are usually produced from metal, porcelain or even both. They are modeled after the natural crown and can last a decade or longer.
Dental Bridges – cantilever and Conventional are used in supporting a prosthetic tooth. The natural teeth can act as a support to the bridge if they are in a good condition, or dental implants may act as anchors.
Complete Dentures – this can be produced for people who have lost all their teeth due to trauma or gum disease. Complete dentures can restore full functionality to the mouth and improve speaking.
Partial Dentures – fixed partial or removable dentures can be a great solution when many teeth have been lost. They improve chewing abilities and also enhance a person’s smile.
What other problems can a prosthodontist treat?
Aside from carrying out the treatments described above, the prosthodontist can also handle jaw problems (TMJ), manage sleep apnea, alleviate severe snoring, and reconstruct the teeth following oral cancer treatments. Most of the time, the prosthodontist consults with other dental health professionals in order to achieve the best results.
For concerns or questions about prosthodontics, please get in touch with your prosthodontist.