Interested in prosthodontics but don’t know where to start? Start here!
Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry that concerns the design and fitting of artificial replacements for missing or damaged teeth. A good prosthodontist can transform your smile, replacing any missing teeth, repairing the chipped or cracked ones, and whitening your smile so it shines like new.
But many people are not sure about how a prosthodontist actually does these things. Sure, you can read articles about “feeling like the best you” or “loving your smile”, but if they don’t tell you what the procedure is actually like, what use are they? Patients should be informed and comfortable with any procedure they’re having. That’s why Reconstructive Dentistry wants to keep its patients informed about how prosthodontics works and what to expect.
Prosthodontics: How Does it Work?
Everyone’s smile is different, so there is more than one way that prosthodontics can address your dental health. Some of the most common ways include:
- Crowns and veneers. There are a few ways to repair damaged teeth, but crowns and veneers are the easiest and most common. Crowns and veneers are usually used to repair teeth that are cracked, chipped, crooked, discolored, or deformed. While crowns and veneers are two different things, they work in very similar ways. Both are porcelain replacements that fit over existing teeth to create a believable and functional replacement. Crowns are fitted on top of existing teeth like caps, covering the entire tooth and extending and protecting them. Veneers are placed over the front side of the tooth only, presenting a front that matches the color of the teeth next to it. Crowns and veneers are used slightly differently, but both are good choices for patients with chipped or broken teeth.
- Dental implants. Dental implants are used to replace teeth that are missing entirely. Dental implants are a more invasive way to replace missing teeth, but they last longer than other options and are completely functional. They look, feel, and behave like a normal tooth.Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone with a titanium base. After that heals, a dentist will install a crown over the top, simulating a natural tooth. The advantage of an implant is that they last an extremely long time and promote healthy bone in the jaw. Implants are more time-intensive, but a much longer-lasting solution.
- Dentures. Dentures are a prosthodontics option for patients who are missing more than one tooth in a row, or are missing all of their teeth. Dentures are a set of false teeth created from advanced synthetic materials that fit directly into your mouth. They provide all the functionality of your original teeth, but can be removed for comfort and convenience. After a few weeks of appointments analyzing your dental history, your dentist will design your dentures and have them created in a lab. After they are fitted correctly and conforming the the natural state of your mouth, you’ll find that they work just as well as your natural teeth if you keep them in good condition.
These are some of the ways that prosthodontics can change your smile.If you’re interested in what Reconstructive Dentistry can do for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to seeing what we can do for your smile.