What does a Prosthodontist do?
A prosthodontist is expected to perform procedures and treatments that will restore or replace the missing features of the oral cavity such as the teeth, jaw, and other oral tissues. He or she can use fixed, removable, and maxillofacial prosthoses, and dental implants in his or her practice.
Fixed dental prostheses are dental restorations which are not removable and are permanently placed in the mouth. These type of prostheses include:
- A dental crown is commonly referred as a cap. It completely covers the visible portion of the tooth, serving as a protection for weak tooth, restoration for a broken tooth, support, covering of a discolored or misshaped tooth, among others.
- A dental bridge is used to fill the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth.
As the name suggests, removable prostheses are removable. This type of dental prostheses replaces the soft tissues and teeth. The most common removable prostheses are dentures. Dentures can be used to replace all of the teeth through complete dentures or some of the teeth through partial dentures.
Maxillofacial prosthodontics is the rehabilitation of individuals with congenital or acquired mouth or face defects. Rehabilitation for these defects may include prostheses like obturators, speech bulbs, palatal lifts or augmentation, among others. Maxillofacial prosthodontics also includes facial prostheses like eye, nose, and ears.
Another replacement option for people with missing tooth or teeth is a dental implant. A dental implants is an titanium or titanium alloy-made artificial device designed to substitute a tooth root. It serves as a stable and strong structure for bridge, crown, or other dental prostheses.
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