Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the replacement and restoration of teeth. Prosthodontists are trained to restore teeth that are missing, damaged, or diseased. They use a variety of methods and materials to create artificial teeth that look and function just like natural teeth.
Fixed prosthodontics restores teeth using dental crowns, bridges, and implants. Crowns are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth, while bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and provide support for dental crowns and bridges.
Fixed prosthodontics can benefit your oral health in a number of ways, such as restoring your smile, improving your chewing function, preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of place, and reducing your risk of gum disease.
As the name suggests, removable prostheses are removable. The most common type of removable prosthesis is a denture, which replaces all of the teeth in an arch (either the upper or lower jaw). Other types of removable prostheses include partial dentures, which replace some but not all of the teeth in an arch, and overdentures, which are dentures that are supported by natural teeth or implants.
If you are in need of a maxillofacial prosthetic, know that you are not alone. There are only a handful of certified practitioners in the United States, but they can provide you with the care and treatment you need.
Maxillofacial prosthetics can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including tooth loss, cleft lip and palate, facial paralysis, facial trauma, birth defects, and diseases of the jaws.
Another replacement option for people with missing teeth is a dental implant. It is a titanium or titanium alloy-made artificial device designed to substitute a tooth root. Dental implants also serve as a stable and robust structure for bridges, crowns, or other dental prostheses.