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What Are the Four Branches of Prosthodontics?


Posted on 6/19/2023 by Dr. David Wanserski
What Are the Four Branches of Prosthodontics?Another different way to view prosthodontics is to describe it simply as prosthetic dentistry. Aside from completing the regular dental training at dental school, a prosthodontist takes an extra three to four years of specialized training, enabling them to address a range of dental-related complications. From malformed or missing teeth, mouth or jaw structures or tissues, the primary purpose of the prosthodontist is to restore the patient's oral function, health, and aesthetics. There are four branches of prosthodontics, which focus on treating different parts of the jaw or mouth.

Fixed Prosthodontics


This branch deals with the production of prostheses that are permanently fixed to restore normal oral function. Some of the fixed prostheses include crowns, artificial teeth, veneers, and inlays. A patient who has undergone a root canal where a portion of the teeth are missing can benefit from fixed prostheses that rectify a range of dental issues such as discoloration, gaps, and bite integrity.

Removable Prosthodontics


This is a sub-specialty of prosthodontics that deals with the production of prostheses that can be removed instead of being permanently installed. Therefore, patients are fitted for removable prostheses, designed to serve comfortably for an extended period and ease cleaning. Common examples of removable prostheses include gingival veneers and dentures.

Implant Prosthodontics


This branch focuses on the use of implants to secure fixed prostheses in a fixed position inside the mouth. Most patients who seek implant placement are usually dissatisfied with removable prostheses such as dentures.

Maxillofacial Prosthodontics


This branch deals with correcting malformed or missing structures and tissue from congenital disabilities, illnesses, disease, or injury. These missing structures often affect swallowing, chewing, and speech as a result of disfigurement. Maxillofacial prostheses can be extra-oral or intra-oral. It is essential to consult an expert to get more information on prostheses and the most suitable for your dental needs.
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