Prosthodontics is the dental specialty primarily concerned with the restoration and replacement of lost or damaged teeth.
Sometimes called the “architects of the smile,” Prosthodontists are highly trained specialists with a unique understanding of all the elements that go into a beautiful, functional and natural-looking smile—not just the teeth, but also the gums, lips, and facial features.
A dental bridge is a series of dental crowns used to permanently replace one or more missing teeth. During the procedure, the prosthodontist cements the dental crowns on either end of the dental bridge to the surrounding abutment teeth, literally "bridging the gap" made by the missing tooth.
Prosthodontists can save a tooth that is fractured, has a large tooth filling or has had a root canal. The prosthodontist "caps" the tooth's surface with a porcelain or metal dental crown to preserve the interior structure and root, prolonging its life for years to come.
Dental implants are a close fit to real teeth, and they are a standard practice in dentistry. During the dental implant procedure, the prosthodontist surgically places the dental implant into the jaw. After the dental implant heals, a dental crown or dental bridge is attached to the post, providing a permanent, stable solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are also used to hold removable dentures in place.
Consider getting your smile makeover from a prosthodontist. Veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are cemented to the front of your natural teeth. Ideal for stained, crooked or chipped teeth, porcelain dental veneers completely cover tooth abnormalities for a beautiful smile!