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What Are the Branches of Prosthodontics?

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Dr. David Wanserski
Elderly woman enjoying her new smileProsthodontics mainly treats patients with oral health issues related to missing or damaged teeth. The main goal of this treatment method is to restore your oral health and offer optimum aesthetic restoration. Ideally, prosthodontics can be divided into four major categories which include:

Fixed Prosthodontics

Fixed prosthodontics mainly focuses on producing permanent treatment options. Once we install them, they cannot be removed. Common examples of fixed prosthodontics include crowns, veneers, bridges, implants, onlays, and inlays. They are permanently fixed on your damaged, fractured, or decayed teeth to conceal such imperfections.

Removable Prosthodontics

Removable prosthodontics focuses on dental treatment options that are removable. These options are not installed but fitted on your teeth to cover decay or damaged teeth. They are designed to hide imperfections on your teeth, and you can comfortably remove them for cleaning. Some of the examples of removable prosthodontics include dentures or gingival veneers.

Implant Prosthodontics

An implant is a device made of titanium and acts as the root of your artificial tooth. It offers a stable structure to support dentures or bridges. When implants are placed successfully, they can last for many years. One of the reasons you might want an implant in prosthodontics is if you are unhappy with dentures or have lost teeth, including the roots.

Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

Maxillofacial prosthodontics is used for patients with defects of the face or mouth. These defects include cleft palate and lip or cancer of the face or mouth. Often, these issues can create problems when swallowing, speaking, or chewing. These prosthodontics can either be extra-oral or intra-oral. Some examples of intra-oral prostheses include palate drops, palate covers, or palate lifts. Examples of extra-oral prostheses include a nose, eye, or radiation shield.

You can trust our prosthodontics specialist for superior dental treatment. There are four branches of prosthodontics, and our specialists can help you choose the best option. Contact us for more information.

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