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.
Dental crowns (or caps) completely cover a heavily filled or broken tooth. They are made from gold or porcelain or a combination of the two and are used to prolong the life of your own tooth.
Why might I need a crown?
At One The Gallery, there is a wide variety of dental materials to choose from. Some crowns are made from gold whilst others are made from a gold alloy with a porcelain outer shell. All-ceramic crowns are also available and are becoming more popular. Our excellent laboratory allows perfect colour matching to your natural teeth.
Fitting a crown takes two-three visits with your dentist. At the first visit your dentist will prepare the tooth and will fit a provisional crown to protect your tooth until your next appointment. Our laboratory will make a crown specifically for you which will be tried in and fitted at your subsequent visit. Once you are happy with the crown and how it looks, it will be cemented firmly into place.
An Onlay is a metal or porcelain restoration (either part or full) bonded into place to protect the tooth from fracturing. They are custom made in our lab by our technicians to fit into or over the tooth and are used when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a directly placed filling in teeth with large fillings which are more likely to fracture. This is carried out over two appointments, the first of which is to prepare the tooth, take impressions and place a temporary restoration, and at the second appointment the permanent Inlay or Onlay is bonded to the tooth.
This depends largely on how well you look after your teeth. Dental crowns require the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth and we would expect a high quality dental crown to last 10-15 years. Our team of expert dental hygienists can help you look after your new crown by advising on an effective oral hygiene programme.
Partial and Complete Dentures replace the missing hard and soft tissues following loss of teeth, restoring function and facial proportions within physiological limits.
Working together with our specialist laboratory, we can provide natural looking removable dentures with optimal stability and function.
Using a variety of techniques to complement your natural smile, we can also help determine if the placement of dental implants will be possible to improve your experience with dentures, allowing you to enjoy improved confidence and function.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. These can be either porcelain fused to metal bridges or ceramic bridges, depending on your functional and aesthetic requirements.
The bridge is secured to the neighbouring teeth either with crowns, precision attachments or retained in place on dental implants.
Occasionally a combination of the above is required in order to achieve an optimal longterm outcome.