What is Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is the replacement of missing tooth structure, missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures) which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants. It is the sub-speciality of Restorative Dentistry which deals with the restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function.
As one of 13 specialties recognised by the General Dental Council, a Specialist in Prosthodontics needs to have completed an accredited specialist training programme after obtaining their dental degree.
In addition to an extensive clinical education, this training features an in-depth study of dental materials and related sciences, hands-on experience with all laboratory procedures, and collaboration with other dental specialists and medical colleagues.
A prosthodontist makes artificial replacements for missing or damaged natural teeth. This can be as simple as making a crown for a damaged, decayed or malformed tooth, or it could involve the design and fabrication of a complete set of replacement teeth.
Prosthodontists have special expertise in dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, partial dentures, major reconstruction, traumatic injuries, oral cancer reconstruction, complete oral rehabilitation and complex care management involving multiple specialities.
Prosthodontists will usually treat the more difficult dental problems such as people who are missing teeth or have significant functional or aesthetic problems. For example, when it comes to restoring an entire arch or the whole mouth, a prosthodontist is indicated for this difficult and complex type of dental treatment.
Patients contemplating dental implants or major changes in their appearance should consult with a prosthodontist to ensure that they are receiving the best possible care for their dentition, and the treatment is driven by the shape and position of the final tooth or prosthesis.