Prosthodontics is one of the 13 official dental specialties It is the specialty of restoring natural teeth and creating and placing natural-looking substitute or prosthetic teeth.
A Prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who has spent an additional 3 years in full-time study. Prosthodontists are trained to restore your mouth comprehensively using specialist knowledge and skills together with the latest techniques and modern materials.
Their aim is to get your mouth fully restored to optimal function and appearance and in so doing, help you to maintain your teeth for as long as possible and reduce the need for future dental treatment.
Services falling under the expertise of a Prosthodontist include:
- Aesthetic dentistry
- Implant dentistry
- Complex Full Mouth Rehabilitation
- Crowns and bridges
- Porcelain veneers
- Re-treatment of failing dentistry
- Complete and partial dentures
- Tooth wear
- TMJ and bite problems
Additional explanation what a Prosthodontist does.
Prosthodontics are also helpful in restoring the full function of a mouth when there are problems such as a severe underbite or overbite. Not only can these problems affect a person’s confidence but can also affect their ability to bite and chew, and in some cases, may also cause difficulty in swallowing. By using a combination of the treatments above, a prosthodontist can correct these problems and restore quality of life to the patient.
Perhaps the most widely used procedures for full restoration of the mouth are dental implants, whether as individual implants or as a replacement for a full arch of dentures in a procedure known as an ‘all on 4’. If a person has lost a full arch of teeth or they are so badly damaged as to need removing; traditionally, they would have been replaced by dentures. These are not without their problems however and increasingly cosmetic dentists are turning to all on 4 as a replacement. This procedure involves the placing of 4 dental implants at strategic places in the jaw which are then used to hold a fixed bridge in place, restoring a full set of teeth to the patient. Once placed, these need not be removed and can be cleaned in the same way as natural teeth.