Prosthodontic dentistry is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on restoring or replacing injured, damaged or missing teeth to maintain dental health, function and aesthetics.
Complete or partial removal of teeth may be necessary when they have sustained significant damage, which may have been caused by:
- Congenital defects
- Jaw and sleep disorders
- Day-to-day wear
Prosthodontists restore, with the goal being to make them look as natural as possible, stained, chipped, worn, broken or missing teeth. The following prosthetic devices may be used to replace or restore teeth:
- Dental implants
Prosthodontists can restore, by using prosthetic replacements, injured, damaged or missing teeth, which provides patients with both aesthetic and practical benefits. Prosthetic replacements help restore patients’ smiles and confidence, as well as their ability to eat and speak.
- Mouth Healthy
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- Medline Plus
- National Institutes of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services