Prosthodontics involves the design, manufacture, and fitting of artificial replacements for teeth and other parts of the mouth. Prosthodontics is primarily concerned with the restoration and replacement of lost or damaged teeth.
Sometimes called the ‘architects of the smile’ prosthodontists are highly trained specialists with a unique understanding of all the elements that go into a beautiful, functional and natural-looking smile. This does not just concern the teeth, but also the gums, lips, and facial features.
As their name implies – taken from the words prosthesis meaning addition or attachment – these dentists plan and carry out procedures related to the replacement of natural teeth, in part or in full, with biocompatible substitutes. Prosthodontic treatments include:
Porcelain Ceramic Veneers
Wafer-thin shells of ceramic material used to cover the front surfaces of teeth.
These are bonded to teeth that have been prepared by having a small amount of enamel removed, so as not to appear too bulky.
Long-lasting veneers can change the size, shape or colour of teeth, and even close small gaps between.
Porcelain Ceramic Bonded-Crowns
Artificial covers sometimes called ‘caps’ that replace the entire visible surface of a tooth above the gum line.
These ceramic crowns are cemented to a prepared tooth with intact roots.
They are often needed after a root canal procedure, or to repair fractured, broken or misshapen teeth.
A type of all-ceramic crown made from lithium disilicate material, which is known for its excellent strength and appealing aesthetics as a restorative crown material.
Another type of ceramic crown, Zirconia crowns are extremely durable and match the look of natural teeth well. Zirconia crowns are made from zirconium, a metal with similar properties to titanium.
It makes a good choice for dental material because it is chemically unreactive.
Inlays are used instead of fillings to replace a small amount of tooth structure loss due to decay. Like fillings, inlays fit inside the tooth.
They are made of tooth-coloured material such as ceramic/porcelain or special dental composite. Defective or unsightly fillings can be replaced by tooth-coloured inlays and bonded to the tooth. This bonding process can improve the strength of the tooth and help seal the inlay to the tooth.
Onlays also fit inside the tooth, but extend onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps. Dental implants — when replacing an entire tooth (both roots and crown), this method is considered today’s gold standard. Implants consist of a titanium metal post which is implanted in the jaw in a minor surgical procedure.
This screw-like post becomes fused with the jaw bone, providing a solid anchorage for a lifelike crown. Implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth, or to support other types of dental restorations, such as dental bridges or dentures.
Acrylic and Cobalt Chrome Dentures
Dentures are available in many different forms, including full, partial, and implant-supported varieties. They can improve the aesthetics and functionality of an individual who is missing teeth—particularly when the dentures are manufactured to a high standard of workmanship and fitted correctly in the mouth.
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