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Scope of Prosthodontics

Posted on 12/5/2022 by Alexandra Garcia DDS MS
Scope of ProsthodonticsProsthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect any or all of the oral structures necessary for complete mastication and facial aesthetics. Prosthodontists are dental specialists who design, fabricate, and repair replacement teeth (dentures), dental implants, fixed partial dentures, removable partial dentures, and other oral prostheses. They can also provide cosmetic services to improve the appearance of your smile.

Crowns & Bridges

These replace one or more missing teeth in your smile. Crowns cover the entire tooth, while bridges replace one or more missing teeth by replacing them with false teeth attached to natural teeth on either side of the gap with crowns.

Fixed Partial Dentures

These are used when some of your natural teeth have been lost due to trauma or decay. They are designed to fill these gaps while restoring function and aesthetics to your smile.

Removable Partial Dentures

Similar to fixed partial dentures, these are used when some of your natural teeth have been lost due to trauma or decay, but you wish to keep some of them in place for support and stability.

Root Canal Therapy

Treating an infection in the center of a tooth by removing its nerve tissue, cleaning out any bacteria, and filling the root canal with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.

Why is Prosthodontics Important?

Prosthodontists will provide you with multiple solutions to your teeth problems. For instance, if you have tooth decay or gum disease that threatens the health of your gums or jawbone, the specialists will recommend treatment to save the affected tooth or teeth. Also, the prosthodontic treatment restores function, appearance, and health by replacing missing teeth with artificial ones. In addition, it helps prevent further damage caused by remaining teeth shifting out of place due to a lack of support from missing teeth.
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