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Prosthodontics: Common Procedures and Uses


Prosthodontics | If you’ve recently been searching Google for the search term “dentist near me,” you may be looking for information about replacing one or more teeth that you have lost, or will soon have extracted. 

Moreover, prosthodontics is a subspecialty of dentistry with a focus on artificial tooth replacements. By using prosthodontics, your dentist is seeking to restore or preserve dental function, appearance, and health by diagnosing and treating the patient.

Some common prosthodontics procedures include:

  • Dental bridges
  • Crowns
  • Dental implants

Here is some information about each of these common prosthodontics procedures and what they involve:

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a type of appliance for replacing one or more missing teeth. Consisting of several pieces fused together, bridges are an alternative to partial dentures. They allow you to eat and speak in an improved manner and restore the appearance of your teeth.

Bridges are made of gold, metallic alloys or porcelain. In addition, if the front teeth require replacing, porcelain is normally preferred. It more closely matches the color of natural teeth. Therefore, most patients choose procelain.

Moreover, dental bridges are available in a wide variety of types. Find out which bridge is right for you! Schedule a consultation today!

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Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a great restorative treatment. In general, dental crowns are fitted over the top of existing teeth. They restore the tooth’s appearance and function. For instance, crowns are commonly used whenever a dental filling will not suffice because there is not enough tooth structure left to support it. In addition, they are also used frequently with dental implants, providing a surface for the patient to chew and bite upon.

Dental Implants

Overall, implants are an amazing technological innovation. Dental implants prevent some of the problems that people have with one or more missing teeth. For example, bone loss, teeth shifting into the empty spaces left by missing teeth, and inadequacies of certain types of restorations, like dentures. 

In short, each implant begins with the implantation of a metal post directly into the jawbone, which fuses with it over time. Once this process has completed, typically after a few months, the dentist attaches a connector piece called an abutment onto the metal post.

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