Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, Treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the Oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. Prosthodontics is the dental specialty focusing on the restoration and replacement of missing teeth. Prosthodontists collaborate with general dentists, specialists and other health care professionals to develop solutions to complex restorative dental needs of the patient.
Prosthesis is an artificial replacement for an absent part of the human body. It’s a therapeutic device to improve or alter function or a device used to aid in accomplishing a desired surgical result. Functional teeth or dental substitutes help to maintain general health and well being. Proper mastication of food is essential, especially as you grow older. The inability to properly and thoroughly chew food may result in poor nutrition, gastrointestinal disorders, health compromises and a loss of the quality of life. Much more than a necessity, dining is a fundamental social function which grows in importance as we age. To be able to eat without the embarrassment or pain associated with poor-fitting dentures or poorly constructed dental prostheses is a major goal of Prosthodontic treatment.
The role of the Prosthodontist has become critical in maintaining the standard of care that our elder population needs to provide optimum dental function and aesthetics.
A Prosthodontist offers care for patients who have missing teeth, have congenital defects, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), problems arising from trauma and neglect, or significant damage to their existing teeth. The department can aid in the rehabilitation of a complete dentition or merely in the replacement of one or two teeth.