What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and maintenance of patients with missing teeth. This specialty also deals with the restoration of natural teeth.
Prosthodontics also involves creating complete or partial dentures, crowns, veneers, and dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support dental restorations. They are made of titanium and other materials.
What are fixed prosthodontics?
Fixed prosthodontics is a restoration that is attached to the remaining tooth structure and is not removable by the patient. Fixed prosthodontics are cemented into place and do not move. They are commonly used for replacing missing teeth but can also be used for repairing damaged teeth.
Fixed prosthetics consist of crowns, bridges, fillings, dental implants, etc.
Fixed prosthodontics procedures can be used to treat:
- Chipped teeth (dental bonding)
- Teeth affected by tooth decay (dental fillings)
- Teeth affected by trauma (dental crowns)
- Teeth affected by severe wear, such as from bruxism (dental crowns or dental bridges)
- Teeth with excessive space between them (dental bridges)
- Missing teeth (dental crowns, dental bridges, or dental implants)
What are removable prosthodontics?
Removable prosthetics are dental appliances that a person must wear in their mouth but can remove.
The most common removable prosthetic is a denture. Dentures are false teeth that replace natural teeth that have been lost. Dentures can be full or partial. Full dentures replace all missing teeth. Partial dentures replace some missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made to fit a person’s mouth. They are held in place by suction, adhesives, or dental implants. Although dentures are removable, they still require daily cleaning.
Removable prosthodontics treatments are often recommended when a patient has healthy teeth remaining but needs to replace a few missing teeth.
Removable prosthodontics procedures can be used to treat:
- Missing teeth (partial dentures)
- Spacing issues (partial dentures)
- Loss of tooth structure (partial dentures)
Fixed and removable prosthetics are designed to restore your smile to one that is complementary to your face shape and features. These prosthetics can be made from a variety of materials, including ceramic, acrylic, and composite resin.
Benefits of prosthodontics
Prosthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on the restoration and maintenance of oral function and aesthetics. Prosthodontics is often thought of as the “architect” of oral rehabilitation because it focuses on restoring proper function and aesthetics, which are both necessary for a healthy, beautiful smile.
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