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What is Prosthodontics?

Posted on 6/7/2021 by Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
What is Prosthodontics?Prosthodontistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with replacing or restoring damaged and missing teeth. This ranges from cavities to dental fillings and crowns. In this article, we detail prosthodontics and how it differs from general dentistry. Read on to discover more about prosthodontistry.

Prosthodontistry vs. Dentristry

While dentists cover all the basics of oral care such as checkups and cleaning, prosthodontists focus on restoration. In addition to attending dental school, prosthodontists study a further 3-4 years to specialize in teeth restoration.

Prosthodontic Treatments

While the majority of prosthodontics focuses on damaged and missing teeth, prosthodontists can also be part of treatment teams that treat sleep apnea, cleft palates, and snoring.

Implants and Bridges

When multiple teeth are missing, prosthodontists may opt for bridges instead of individual crowns. Bridges refer to crowns that are linked together and thus, form a single unit. The bridge is attached to the existing teeth on either side. Not only does this solve the problem of missing teeth, but it also ensures that there are no obvious gaps between the teeth. Prosthodontists also design implants consisting of false teeth and titanium posts.

Tooth Reconstruction

When tooth decay leads to tooth loss, prosthodontists put in crowns. They are also responsible for giving you porcelain veneers and changing the shape of your teeth.

TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders require urgent treatment because of the pain they cause. This treatment is carried out by prosthodontists, and may include physical therapy, a bite guard, oral splints, and mouthguards.


If you have several missing teeth, or parts of teeth, you may be fitted for dentures. Various options are discussed and dentures are designed and fit to your mouth. All of this is part of prosthodontics.

At Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, both, Dr. Gus Dehni DMD and are experienced in prosthodontics. If you have any concerns about the treatments mentioned above, feel free to call us at 508-996-3131 and schedule an appointment.

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