Prosthodontics is the specialty of aesthetic (cosmetic) restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontist services may be provided by a general dentist or a prosthodontics specialist. A specialist is called a prosthodontist. The specialty of prosthodontics is one of nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Specialists go through two to three years of extra training after dental school.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Teeth can be lost through traumatic injury, periodontal disease, or as part of aging. If you’re missing one or more teeth, your ability to eat certain foods may be limited. It can also affect self-confidence and self-esteem. Prosthodontists can replace missing teeth to restore appearance and functionality to your mouth.
Prosthodontists replace missing teeth by using crowns, bridges, dentures, or dental implants. A dental implant is a replacement tooth root. A replacement tooth that looks like your own teeth and that will last a lifetime can be attached to the root.
Repairing Broken Teeth
Injury or simple decay can cause a tooth to break. Broken teeth can be very painful and inhibit your ability to chew food. Having a broken tooth in the front of your mouth can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed. A prosthodontist can repair a broken tooth using several different procedures. Most commonly, a cap or crown is placed over the tooth and will match your other teeth.
Improving Your Smile
If you don’t like the way your smile looks, a prosthodontist can probably help. They can cover discolored or misshapen teeth with a caps, crowns, porcelain veneers, or bonding. Caps and crowns are cosmetic covers that are placed over a tooth. They function as well, or better than, the original tooth. A veneer can change the color, shape, size, or length of the tooth it is attached to. Bonding is another option. With bonding, tooth-colored resin is applied to restore the appearance of a chipped or discolored tooth.
Treating TMJ, Snoring, and More
Prosthodontists are experts in oral and maxillofacial issues such as problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). They can also create custom dental appliances to help with management of snoring and sleep apnea.
Whether you need a single tooth replaced, major restorative work on your mouth, or help with a maxillofacial or sleep disorder, a prosthodontist can help. The extra training prosthodontists undergo makes the experts at doing exactly what’s needed to make your teeth look great and function properly. If you want to learn more information, Prosthodontic Associates may be able to provide you with additional resources.