Prosthodontics is the field of dentistry that replaces missing teeth and treats soft and hard tissue using prostheses like crowns, bridges, and dentures. These prosthetics can be fixed, removable, or supported and retained by implants.
The prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in these treatments. This dentistry is broadly classified into the following categories.
Fixed prosthodontics deals in restoring teeth using crowns, fixed dentures, inlays, and veneers. These restorations are made in the dental laboratory or are created by a prosthodontist.
First, an impression is taken for preparing the prosthetics. The captured impression is then sent to the laboratory with detailed prescriptions. Later, the dental physician fabricates the restoration as prescribed by the provided impression. Finally, it is attached to the patient’s mouth with the help of adhesives used in dentistry.
Removable prosthodontics or dentures deal in replacing soft tissues and teeth. It can be used either for replacing the entire set of teeth or a few teeth. Dentures are usually made of acrylic plastic. But sometimes they have metal parts. The treatment takes up to six weeks, which includes both clinic and laboratory steps.
Congenital or acquired defects in the mouth or face can be treated by maxillofacial prosthodontics. When we say “congenital defect,” we mean issues like a cleft lip and palate. On the other hand, acquired defects are caused by cancer in the mouth or face, as well as neurological defects like strokes.
Prosthodontists repair these defects using prostheses such as obturators, speech bulbs, palatal lips, palatal augmentation devices, etc. This dentistry deals with improving the overall quality of life.
Dental Implants are artificial devices that support a restoration such as a crown by functioning as a substitute tooth root. An implant is a stable and rigid structure placed appropriately in your mouth to help create the desired smile you always wanted.
During the implant procedure, the prosthodontist first determines the current condition of your gum and jawbone. Based on the condition, they select the best size or design one for customization.
The treatment of prosthodontics provides the best result to the patients in the long run. So, it is important that you consult an experienced dentist to do that job, like Pooya Soltanzadeh, DDS, MS, FACP who has years of expert experience in the dental care industry.
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