Prosthodontics is the specialized field of dentistry concerned with diagnosing, planning and executing restorative and cosmetic treatments. Dentists who choose to specialize in prosthodontics must complete three to four more years of dedicated training following dental school. A prosthodontist is in essence an architect, who formulates a comprehensive treatment plan and informs the patient as to what is possible. Frequently, if the restorative needs are complex the prosthodontist may act as the quarterback of a restorative team involving other specialists.
Missing or defective teeth can be extremely detrimental to self-esteem and self-confidence. Using the latest technologies, a prosthodontist is able to fill gaps caused by missing teeth with functional, natural-looking replacements that boost confidence and enhance the smile.
There are many reasons why you should consider a prosthodontist as part of your quest for a better smile. Some of these are::
Creation of partial or full sets of dentures.
Desire to whiten your teeth or improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Filling of gaps created by one or more missing teeth.
Incorporating dental implants into your restorative plan..
What treatments can the prosthodontist perform?
Prosthodontic treatments are designed to be functional, long lasting and pleasing to the eye. These procedures will be long lasting only if completed on generally healthy teeth. Issues like gum disease need to be controlled as part of the prosthodontic treatments.
There are an ever-increasing number of hi-tech prosthodontic treatments available including the following:
Dental Implants – Implants are designed to replace the natural teeth in ta very good way. Titanium roots (implants) are implanted in the jawbone similar to natural teeth. Implants look and feel very much like natural teeth.
Dental Veneers – Veneers are porcelain/ceramic covers that are bonded to the natural teeth. Veneers can instantly solve problems like uneven teeth, stained teeth, and chips and damage caused by general wear and tear. Just like all other procedures dental veneers work best if used only in a very narrow set of circumstances.
Dental Crowns – Prosthetic crowns are generally made from porcelain, metal or a combination of the two. They have been designed to mimic the natural crown (surface of the tooth) and can last for a long time.
Fixed Dental Bridges – Conventional and cantilever (only in very limited situations) bridges are used to support one or more prosthetic teeth. The natural teeth can support the bridge if they are in good condition, or dental implants may be used as anchors.
Complete Dentures – A complete set of dentures can be created for people who have no teeth due to severe decay, gum disease or trauma. Complete dentures restore functionality to the mouth and make chewing and speaking easier.
Partial Dentures – Where many teeth have been lost, removable partial dentures can prove to be an excellent option. They enhance the aesthetics of the smile in addition to improving chewing abilities.
What other problems can a prosthodontist treat?
In addition to performing the treatments described above, the prosthodontist is also adept at reconstructing the teeth due to tauma, congenital defects of following oral cancer treatments.Generally, the prosthodontist works in combination with other dental health professionals to ensure the best possible restorative results are achieved.
If you have questions or concerns about prosthodontics, please contact your prosthodontist.