When it comes to specialized dental care, prosthodontists play a crucial role in restoring and enhancing smiles. Similar to orthodontists and periodontists, prosthodontists undergo additional training after completing their general dentistry education. With three years of specialized training, they become experts in the repair and replacement of teeth and jaw structures, including handling head and neck deformities.
The field they excel in is known as prosthodontics, a dental specialty focused on dental prosthetics and prosthetic dentistry. The term “prostho” comes from the Greek word meaning “replacement” or “addition,” while “dont” refers to “tooth.” Essentially, prosthodontists are uniquely qualified to repair smiles affected by damaged or missing teeth.
Restoring Smiles with Prosthodontics:
Prosthodontists offer a range of dental prosthetics to improve the aesthetics and functionality of your smile, including:
Bridges: Bridges are dental appliances that serve as replacements for missing teeth. By creating a “bridge” between existing teeth, a prosthetic tooth, known as a “pontic,” fills the gap, restoring your smile’s completeness.
Crowns: Crowns are protective covers for teeth, preventing breakage and restoring damaged teeth. They also address tooth discoloration, strengthening teeth while enhancing their appearance.
Dentures: Dentures are removable sets of artificial teeth designed to replace missing ones. They not only enhance your smile but also facilitate better chewing and eating while preventing facial sagging.
Dental Implants: Dental implants act as prosthetic replacements for natural teeth, firmly anchored in the jawbone to mimic the appearance and function of real teeth.
Inlays/Onlays: Inlays and onlays replace old fillings, with inlays fitting inside the tooth cavity and onlays covering the tooth cusp as well.
Veneers: Veneers are thin prosthetics placed over teeth to improve their appearance or strength.