Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists are specially trained to diagnose, treat, and manage complex dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing teeth and other oral structures. Prosthodontic treatments can range from simple fillings to complex full-mouth reconstruction. Here are some of the different types of prosthodontic treatments available.
Fillings are one of the most common types of prosthodontic treatments.
Fillings are used to repair cavities, cracks, and other damage to the teeth. Fillings can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, silver amalgam, composite resin, and porcelain. The type of filling used will depend on the location and extent of the damage.
Crowns are used to restore teeth that have been damaged or decayed beyond what a filling can repair. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, and metal alloys.
Crowns are custom-made to fit over the existing tooth structure and provide strength and stability.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Bridges consist of two crowns that are placed on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth. The crowns are connected by a false tooth, or pontic, which is held in place by the crowns. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, and metal alloys.
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth.
Dentures can be full or partial depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. Full dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch while partial dentures replace only some of the teeth in an arch. Dentures can be made from a variety of materials, including acrylic resin and metal.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Implants act as anchors for replacement teeth such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Implants provide a secure and stable foundation for replacement teeth and can last for many years with proper care.
Veneers are thin shells that are placed over the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can be used to correct discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, and other cosmetic issues. Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin. Prosthodontic treatments can help restore your smile and improve your oral health. If you have any questions about prosthodontic treatments or would like to schedule an appointment with a prosthodontist, contact your dentist today.