Prosthodontics is a recognized specialty within the field of dentistry. It offers a wide range of services in the area of tooth restoration and replacement. Prosthodontists are trained to assess and diagnose problems and create functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions. Their exposure to the most complex cases on a routine basis allows them to become very confident and proficient in diagnosing and treating even the most complicated cases.
Below are the four core elements of Prosthodontics.
REPLACEMENT OF MISSING TEETH
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, the prosthodontist is primarily concerned with two aspects: functionality and aesthetic appeal. The prosthetic replacement of the tooth (teeth) must first and foremost replicate as close as possible the functionality of the natural tooth (teeth). Once this is achieved, the prosthodontist turns his / her attention to aesthetic appeal. The goal is to ensure that the prosthetic replacement “blends” into the surrounding teeth to create a truly natural-looking, “invisible” solution. When replacing missing teeth, prosthodontists most often work with crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures.
Developing the aesthetic appeal of a smile has always been the ultimate goal of prosthodontic services. The discipline combines artistry and science in creating healthy and attractive smiles. Some of the more common tools that prosthodontists work with are whitening and bonding techniques, veneers and fixed prostheses such as crowns and bridges.
When patients are missing some or all of their teeth, dental implants offer a remarkably effective and long-lasting solution. The placement of dental implants (a procedure in which a titanium component resembling a screw is surgically placed into the bone in the area of the missing tooth) is quickly becoming one of the most preferred courses of treatment for dentists and patients alike. For more information on dental implants, refer to our Implant Dentistry page.
CORRECTION OF ORAL AND FACIAL PROBLEMS
One of the functional goals of Prosthodontics is to maintain or restore optimal occlusion (proper bite). The technology and procedures available today allow for the correction of irregular occlusion due to conditions such as cleft palate, temporomandibular joint dysfunction or a trauma to the teeth or jaw. Prosthodontists work closely with dental technicians to ensure that the prostheses return the natural functionality of the bite that has been compromised due to one of the aforementioned complications.