Prosthodontics is the field of dentistry concerned with diagnosing and completing restorative and cosmetic treatments. Prosthodontics help fill gaps between teeth with functional, natural-looking teeth.
Prosthodontics include removable dental appliances, such as partial or full sets of dentures, or fixed dental appliances, such as bridges or dental implants, that fill gaps created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental Implants – Implants are designed to replace the natural teeth in the best possible way. Titanium posts are implanted in the jawbone similar to natural tooth roots. Implants look and feel the same as natural teeth.
Dental Veneers – Veneers are porcelain/ceramic covers that are bonded to the natural teeth. Veneers can solve problems like uneven teeth, stained teeth, and chips and damage caused by general wear and tear.
Dental Crowns – Prosthetic crowns are generally made from porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two. They have been designed to mimic the natural contour of the tooth.
Dental Bridges – Conventional and cantilever bridges are used to support a prosthetic tooth. The natural teeth can support the bridge if they are in good condition, or dental implants may be used as anchors.
Complete Dentures – A complete set of dentures can be created for people who have no teeth due to gum disease or trauma. Complete dentures restore functionality to the mouth and make chewing and speaking easier.
Partial Dentures – Where many teeth have been lost, removable partial dentures may be an option. They enhance the aesthetics of the smile in addition to improving chewing abilities.
These procedures can only be completed on generally healthy teeth. Issues like gum disease need to be controlled before prosthodontic treatments can begin.
What other problems can prosthodontics treat?
In addition to the treatments described above, prosthodontics can also help treat problems with the jaw (TMJ), alleviate severe snoring, manage sleep apnea, and reconstruct the teeth following oral cancer treatments.
If you have questions or concerns about prosthodontics, please contact our office at 517-393-8500.
Day Family Dental
Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI