Prosthodontics refers to the category of dental treatment which focuses on the restoration of missing or heavily-damaged teeth. Prosthodontic treatment can also include cosmetic procedures such as veneers and crowns to improve the appearance one or several teeth.
Prosthodontic treatment includes all of the following:
Crowns & Veneers
Techniques including crowns and veneers can be employed to rebuild teeth which have been heavily worn down and/or are in need of significant reconstruction. In other cases, these treatments can be used to repair misaligned, stained or unaesthetic teeth.
For those missing one or many teeth, and wanting a permanent and fixed solution to replacing them, implants are often the answer. A dental implant is a titanium or ceramic peg that replaced the root of the tooth. A surgery is done to place the implant(s) in the jaw bone. Usually a healing period is required prior to fabricating a crown on top of the implant.
Sometimes, when a tooth is too damaged or the supporting tissue is severely compromised, it must be extracted. There are many options to replace teeth after a tooth extraction
Bridges can be used to replace a small number of missing teeth, by attaching a fake replacement tooth which is then anchored to the natural teeth on either side. Bridgework requires strong existing teeth to be a suitable treatment option.
When a patient is missing many teeth, dentures can be the solution. Dentures can be supported by implants to give you superior fit, function and aesthetics compared to conventional dentures.