Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, planning, and execution of restorative and cosmetic treatments. Dentists who choose to specialize in prosthodontics must complete three or four years of additional training after graduating from dental school.
A prosthodontist is essentially an architect who creates a comprehensive treatment plan and informs the patient about the options. Missing or damaged teeth can be extremely damaging to one’s self-esteem and confidence. A prosthodontist can fill these gaps with functional, natural-looking teeth that boost confidence and enhance the smile using cutting-edge technology.
A prosthodontist may be consulted for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to):
Denture fabrication of partial or complete sets.
desire to whiten or improve one’s teeth.
Porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two is commonly used to make prosthetic crowns. They are made to look like the natural crown (surface of the tooth) and can last for up to a decade, if not longer.
Veneers are porcelain/ceramic covers that are permanently bonded to the natural teeth. Veneers can instantly correct issues such as uneven teeth, stained teeth, chips, and damage from general wear and tear.
Implants are intended to be the best possible replacement for natural teeth. Titanium roots, like natural tooth roots, are implanted in the jawbone. Implants have the same appearance and feel as natural teeth.
Where many teeth have been lost, removable or fixed partial dentures can prove to be an excellent option. They improve chewing abilities while also improving the aesthetics of the smile.
For people who have lost all of their teeth due to gum disease or trauma, a full set of dentures can be made. Complete dentures restore mouth functionality and make chewing and speaking easier.
Bridges, both conventional and cantilever, are used to support a prosthetic tooth. If the natural teeth are in good condition, they can support the bridge, or dental implants can be used as anchors.