Prosthetic dentistry can help you to retain lost teeth due to accident, ill health or age.
A Prosthodontist is a dental specialist in the treatment of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth. This also extends to working with patients that may have damage to their facial structure requiring carefully planned and managed treatment programmes.
Depending on the case, prosthodontics may involve TMJ treatment to address incorrect jaw function, teeth replacement with dental implants or even the treatment of sleep apnoeacaused as a result of damage to the face or cranial area.
Across the Dental Care Network we have prosthodontists who are experts in rehabilitation, restitution and teeth replacement, crafting prostheses and general restorations.
Treatment will vary depending on the case but even the most complex of cases can usually be addressed. Contact us to make an appointment and have your case assessed or continue to below if you would like to learn more about prosthodontics.
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Prosthodontics is a recognised sub-speciality of dentistry and a highly specialised field of dental science. The discipline is concerned with the absence of oral tissue and dentine structure, with practitioners typically undertaking three or more years of post-graduate study in order to become licensed as a practicing Prosthodontist.
A Prosthodontist specialises in the retention and restoration of natural dentition, to protect and preserve oral function and facial features. Prosthodontists can conduct much of the restorative work done by general dentists and cosmetic dentists in relation to crowns, bridges and implants but will often undertake this work where the reconstruction and rehabilitation of teeth is not just a cosmetic pursuit.
Severe trauma to the face or congential deformity can create very complex requirements that need restorative treatment at an advanced level. This requires the Prosthodontist to have an excellent knowledge of the anatomy of the mouth, head and neck, as well as to become an expert in the clinical procedures and materials used in complicated cases.
Premature failure of difficult restorative work such as bridges, crowns and dental implants can cause ongoing difficulty for patients, making it more desirable for a Prosthodontist to complete the work in complex and challenging cases.
Restoration of dental structures helps to maintain correct jaw function, facial features and aesthetics and reduces overall wear on teeth.
In some cases there will be a disciplinary overlap with periodontists, orthodontists and oral surgeons and it is not uncommon for Prosthodontists to be asked to assist on Maxillofacial procedures requiring surgery to the neck, face or head due to congenital defect or as the result of injury.
The prosthodontic profession is also concerned with the best interests of patients and ensuring the introduction of new procedures, protocols, materials and devices are rigorously investigated before being accepted.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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