Prosthodontics is the reconstruction and replacement of damaged and defective teeth. Patients with complex treatment needs are seen by prosthodontists for diagnosis, advice and treatment. Based on the type of damage and defect in the teeth, prosthodontists outline a series of treatment options such as implants, veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures and fillings to replace lost teeth and restore dental function in the patient. For different types of complex dental procedures, a multidisciplinary approach is employed by prosthodontists in conjunction with your regular dentist.
Types of treatments under Prosthodontics
The different treatments that prosthodontists provide focus on restoration of teeth and replacement of missing and broken teeth. Teeth may be damaged due to dental caries, trauma, congenital diseases, tooth decay, abscesses, cavities, and other such conditions. Frequent consumption of highly acidic and sugar-rich foods also causes damage to teeth and may require treatment for the restoration of teeth. The type of treatment to be performed depends on the extent of the damage and the stage of disease progression which varies case by case.
Dental implants are the advanced form of tooth replacement widely available across the globe. Implants are of several different types and can be utilized to replace a single tooth or all the teeth. Implants can be inserted into the upper jaw or lower jaw and act as natural teeth. Oral implants can be made of materials such as metal alloys or plastic and last for several years before they need to be replaced. They look and feel exactly like natural teeth and allow the patient to chew and bite comfortably as he would with natural teeth.
With rapid advancements in this form of dental restoration treatment, this biotechnology is becoming a very viable option amongst patients with one or more missing teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is the arm of prosthodontics that deals with replacement of damaged teeth using cosmetic procedures for the teeth such as veneers, whitening, dental crowns and so on.
Teeth whitening is done using special solutions which bleach the teeth and get rid of stains formed due to coffee, tea and smoking. This procedure is performed by prosthodontics for beautifying the smile of the patient while maintaining the integrity of the dental functions of the teeth.
Veneers are thin slices of porcelain which are bonded to the front of the damaged teeth to improve their appearance. A special cement is used to bond the porcelain to the teeth for a natural, enhanced look.
Crowns are placed on top of damaged teeth and look like natural teeth as well. They are used as a cap for disfigured, misaligned, discolored and damaged teeth and restore the appearance of such teeth.
Prosthodontics are qualified to provide dental treatment options that serve dental functions in addition to improving the appearance of the smile. They can provide dental treatment for teeth damaged due to congenital diseases such as cleft palate as well as traumatic injuries and cancers. At Apple Dental, you will find that we have prosthodontist that are more than qualified to handle any dental problem.