What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association that deals with cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, and temporomandibular joint disorders.
Why see a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating and handling dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures. The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth--prosthodontists are the acknowledged experts for anything needing to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth. While many dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists are specialists who are dedicated to this type of care. Only prosthodontists can provide complete oral rehabilitation, having received advanced training and education in implant dentistry, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth's structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. Our Dental Professionals prosthodontists bring extensive experience, advanced knowledge and skillful use of the latest technology to your care.
When should you consult with a prosthodontist?
We recommend you see a prosthodontist at the Dental Professionals if you: • Are missing one or more teeth, or your teeth are severely worn or damaged by accident or trauma. • Are considering dental implants. • Wear dentures or removable partial dentures. • Want to improve the appearance of your smile.
At Dental Professionals, you can receive all the care needed by our expert prosthodontists without ever leaving the comfort of your dental home. Treatments can range from crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures that will essentially provide a complete mouth makeover.
Crowns cover or "cap" a tooth to restore the normal function and appearance of the tooth. Crowns may be made as all metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all-ceramic (porcelain). Crowns are indicated for teeth with very large fillings, teeth that have had a root canal, fractured teeth, worn teeth and misshapen and/or discolored teeth.
A fixed bridge technique been used with much success for many years, sometimes as an alternative to a dental implant. First, teeth on both side of the missing space are prepared for a crown. Then a false tooth is joined to the crowns, and the entire bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth.
Dentures may replace all the teeth or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth, called complete dentures, rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. Our Chicago prosthodontists enhance the stability and retention of these dentures by attaching them to dental implants (link). Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are called partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and also cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing. Dental implants can also be used to restore and stabilize partial dentures.
Veneers may be an option if you want to alter the spaces, color or shape of your teeth. Following a slight preparation of the outermost surface of your teeth, we will bond a thin layer of porcelain permanently to the front of your teeth. Veneers are used to correct minor flaws on single teeth, but are also used on multiple teeth to create a more beautiful smile.
Source: American College of Prosthodontists
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