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The Four Main Branches of Prosthodontics

Posted on 12/10/2021 by Dr. Castellon
The Four Main Branches of ProsthodonticsIf you have ever had to replace a missing tooth, you may have heard of prosthodontics. Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that concentrates on treating patients with dental aesthetics issues. Prosthodontics provides restorative options for missing, broken, cracked or fractured teeth, holistically giving patients the perfect smile they desire. Prosthodontics has four main branches and we have explained them here.

Fixed Prosthodontics

This branch of prosthetic dentistry provides artificial solutions that are not removable. We use fixed prosthetics to correct tooth discolorations, even out uneven teeth, fill cracks and fix broken teeth. Fixed prosthodontics are also used to fill root canals. Examples of fixed prosthetics are dental crowns, inlays and onlays, veneers, dental fillings and bonding.

Removable Prosthodontics

Removable prosthodontics provides removable dental prosthetics solutions for patients. They come out easily when a patient does not need them, and this also makes cleaning them easy. Removable prosthodontics are great for patients who are aging, or cannot receive other fixed solutions due to some health issues. Examples of removable prostheses are complete dentures, partial dentures, and gingival veneers for covering discolorations at the base of a tooth.

Implant Prosthodontics

Here, we focus on delivering implant-based solutions for much more aesthetic results. Implant prosthodontics uses implants, which are small titanium posts, to support other prosthetics. These implants are surgically placed in the jawbone to act as tooth roots or base supports to receive removable and fixed dentures, dental crowns and large dental bridges. Once the procedure is over, they appear as natural to give that pleasing result.

Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

Maxillofacial prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that concentrates on correcting misshapen hard and soft tissues. This may have resulted from an injury, medical condition, or even from birth. Usually, these defects affect how patients speak, eat, or their oral functions in general. Maxillofacial prosthodontics treats cleft palate issues, offers full oral reconstruction, and treats jaw problems among others. Our professionals have expertise in all these branches of prosthodontics. All you need to do is reach out to us to learn more.

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