Types of Prosthodontic Procedures
Posted on 3/8/2021 by Salem Dental Arts
|Prosthodontics is a specialization within dentistry that revolves around design, creation, and placement of replacements for chipped, broken, or missing teeth. Common materials used in prosthodontic surgery include veneers, crowns, implants and dentures.
Teeth damage can occur due to trauma, teeth grinding, dry mouth, falling restorations, caries, or during tooth development. Here is an overview of the main types of surgeries performed by prosthodontists:
Stains, gaps, or chips on your teeth can understandably make you feel self-conscious. Dental bonding is the process of using tooth-colored material to cover up imperfections and restore your bright smile. The process is affordable and can be completed in a single sitting.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to treat jawbone recession. Untreated gum disease, facial trauma, and tooth loss can often lead to a receding jawbone. Through bone grafting, prosthodontists add volume and density to the jawbone and prepare your mouth for dental implants.
Missing teeth can leave your smile incomplete and also lead to severe oral health problems. An implant is a titanium post that replaces lost tooth roots to prepare ground for bridges, crowns, and dentures. Implants offer a lifelong solution and stop bone atrophy after tooth loss.
Trauma, gum disease, or caries may eventually cause you to lose a tooth. This may lead to difficulty in chewing, speaking, and smiling confidently. A bridge is a set of prosthetic teeth that fills the gap comfortably. It prevents neighboring teeth from shifting and decreases risk of misalignment in the future.
Broken, chipped or decayed teeth may cause pain and difficulty with eating and speaking. A crown is a covering that is placed over the damaged tooth to restore its form and function. It shields the tooth from further damage and averts the need for extraction.
Other common prosthodontic procedures include dentures, full mouth reconstruction, inlays and onlays, veneers, and facial injury treatments. If you have a damaged tooth that needs attention, schedule an appointment with us at Salem Dental Arts by calling us at (978) 741-1640 today.