Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) and is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prosthetics. The ADA has defined Prosthodontics as “the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.”
A prosthodontist has three years of extended training in several areas of restorative dentistry, including dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, complete dentures, partial dentures, aesthetics, occlusion, all types of implants supported prosthesis.
Prosthodontists are also trained in the technical and technological aspects of laboratory fabrication of complex dental prosthetics and complex restoration of dental and facial aesthetics.
Prosthodontics has an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment planning of patients who have complex dental needs and on providing treatment services that primarily involve the repair or replacement of natural teeth with a variety of fixed or removable prosthetic options.
Prosthodontists provide patients with a customized treatment plan and alternative options, with associated advantages, disadvantages, prognosis, risks, and time involved.
A dental crown is a dental prosthetic that completely encapsulates a natural tooth. There are variety of instances where dental crowns may be used:
- Protect a weak tooth from further damage
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Restore a cracked or broken tooth
- To provide patients an attractive and consistent look
- Cover a tooth which has a large cavity or filling
Prosthodontists have undertaken years of additional training to provide their patients the best possible crown, often laboring for hours on a single tooth until perfection is achieved.
Dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth when other natural teeth are adjacent to those missing. This treatment has become antiquated since the invention of dental implants. Only when there are many complications to place a dental implant, a dental bridge would be an option to replace a missing tooth
Porcelain Veneers are a beautiful option for someone wanting to improve their smile in a conservative way. A veneer is a porcelain covering over the front of the tooth. Veneers are not indicated if a tooth already has fillings or decay. Veneers are not indicated in patients with grinding and clenching habits. A prosthodontist is the most qualified dentist to help you determine if veneers are right for you.
Inlays & Onlays
An inlay is a restoration that sits between the cusps of the teeth. An onlay is a restoration that covers one or more cusps of a tooth.
Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures
Occlusial Guide and Sport Guide
Night guards are plastic appliances that are worn over a patient’s teeth during sleep. Although there are basic night guards that you can buy off of the shelf, custom night guards made at the dentist office are designed for you. This allows for the night guard to pursue its purposes of:
- Preventing Tooth damage caused by biting and grinding.
- Preventing Tooth shifting caused by gaps or space between teeth.
- Relaxes your facial muscles
- Helps your brain to forget about the habit of bruxism
Sport guards are great protective device to use when involved in athletic activity, they can benefit in:
- Reduced risk of tongue, mouth, and lip injuries
- Reduced risk of chipped, broken, and damaged teeth
Full Mouth Reconstruction
This is one of the most difficult treatments in all of dentistry. Prosthodontics is the only area of dentistry with specific training to solve the complex problem of full mouth reconstruction.
Bad dentistry, grinding one’s teeth, oral trauma or bad tooth genetics can result in a person’s natural teeth wearing out too early. If you fall into this category you may need to have every tooth in your mouth fixed.
Identifying and addressing the cause of the person’s problem allows a prosthodontists to not just treat the condition but to help the patient manage the etiology (origin) of the problem. If undiagnosed and untreated the full mouth reconstructive patient will only destroy the new artificial crowns like they did their original teeth. We offer:
- Implants supported Prosthesis
- Complete Smile Makeovers
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