the specialized field of dentistry concerned with diagnosing,
planning and executing restorative and cosmetic treatments.
Dentists who choose to specialize in prosthodontics must
complete three or four more years of dedicated training
following dental school.
is in essence an architect, who formulates a comprehensive
treatment plan and informs the patient as to what is possible.
Missing or defective teeth can be extremely detrimental to
self-esteem and self-confidence. Using the latest technology, a
prosthodontist is able to fill these gaps with functional,
natural-looking teeth that boost confidence and enhance the
There are many reasons why a prosthodontist may be
consulted, including (but not limited to):.
- Creation of partial
or full sets of dentures.
- Desire to whiten the
teeth or improve the aesthetics of the smile.
- Filling gaps created
by one or more missing teeth.
- Interest in dental
There are an ever-increasing number of hi-tech prosthodontic
treatments available including the following:
Implants are designed to replace the natural teeth in the best
possible way. Titanium roots are implanted in the jawbone in
the same way as natural tooth roots. Implants look and feel
the same as natural teeth.
Veneers are porcelain/ceramic covers that are bonded to the
natural teeth. Veneers can instantly solve problems like uneven
teeth, stained teeth, and chips and damage caused by general
wear and tear.
Prosthetic crowns are generally made from porcelain, metal or a
combination of the two. They have been designed to mimic the
natural crown (surface of the tooth) and can last for up to a
decade, and possibly longer.
Conventional and cantilever bridges are used to support a
prosthetic tooth. The natural teeth can support the bridge if
they are in good condition, or dental implants may be used as
A complete set of dentures can be created for people who have no
teeth due to gum disease or trauma. Complete dentures restore
functionality to the mouth and make chewing and speaking easier.
Where many teeth have been lost, removable or fixed partial
dentures can prove to be an excellent option. They enhance the
aesthetics of the smile in addition to improving chewing