How a specialist in Prosthodontics can help!
Prosthodontics is the specialisation in dentistry complex procedures related to the replacement and restoration of teeth. A Prosthodontist has advanced diagnostic and analytical capabilities which ensure they identify and solve the cause of dental problems before restoring mouth to full function and aesthetics. Prosthodontics is concerned with the replacement of missing teeth and surrounding soft and hard tissues with fixed or removable prostheses such as crowns, bridges or dentures.
The treatments a Prosthodontist usually carry out
Specialists in Prosthodontics replace missing teeth with either fixed or removable prostheses after taking into account the patients’ concerns, functional and aesthetic requirements, as well as many other factors such as age, understanding, and social factors.
Crowns, commonly known as caps, partially or fully cover the tooth surface with either a precious metal such as gold or tooth coloured materials such as porcelain. They are needed when a tooth is very badly broken down as a result of decay, trauma, or excessive wear. They protect the tooth from forces of the opposing teeth and restore function and appearance. Crowns can also be used change the appearance of teeth, e.g. change their colour in badly discoloured teeth that do not respond to bleaching, to change the shape or size, or even inclination. Crowns may also be needed as part of another restoration such as to support a bridge or partial denture.
Bridges are used to replace one or more teeth by permanently attaching to one or more of the patient’s natural teeth. They are fixed prostheses and cannot be removed by the patient.
Dentures may replace several teeth (partial denture) or all the teeth (full or complete denture). They can be removed by the patient.
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