What Are Prosthodontics?

 In Dental Care

Prosthodontics is a field of dentistry that specifically deals with developing, manufacturing, and installing different artificial replacements for the mouth. There are four branches of Prosthodontics, each serving a unique purpose to meet patient needs.

Fixed Prosthodontics

This area includes artificial teeth, crowns, caps, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers. These implants, once applied, are permanent meaning they cannot be removed. There are several reasons your dentist may suggest this solution.

  • missing pieces of natural teeth
  • discoloration
  • irreversible tooth decay
  • unevenness
  • missing teeth
  • underdeveloped teeth
  • disparity in size

Removable Prosthodontics

While these fit your mouth, they are removable. These are especially common for patients with gum issues, tissue disease, or receding gums. It’s a great option for those with little to no foundation to work with. A few options include partial dentures, full dentures, gingival veneers, or removable bridges.

Implant Prosthodontics

If you are missing quite a few teeth in one area, dental implants could be the solution for you. Small titanium cylinders secure the replacement tooth. Examples include individual crowns, large bridges, and fixed or removable dentures.

Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

Finally, the last branch of Prosthodontics! This category is specifically for those with issues that go beyond gums and teeth. It’s for those with misshapen jaws, genetic deformities, missing tissues, and other intra or extra-oral issues. Conditions treated within this category include:

  • cleft palate
  • reconstruction due to disease
  • injury
  • defects
  • trauma

Replacement and increased functionality are not the only goals this department focuses on. It’s important to protect the remaining functioning portion of the jaw, face, and oral structures. Many techniques are used in this sub-genre, including palate covers, palate lifts, drops, jaw replacement, and various shields to protect from radiation treatments.

To learn more about Prosthodontics, contact Wytheville Dental Group. At Wytheville, we make sure to provide the services you need for a healthy and functioning mouth. Whether you’re trying to decide what implant is best for you or considering replacements, we can help! Contact us today to set up a consultation.