With advances in dental technology, there are many things that can be done to ensure your smile is beautiful and natural looking. Professionals in the field of prosthodontics offer the most advanced form of sequencing treatment, restorative treatment and maintenance. They also perform an esthetically higher level of implantology and full mouth reconstruction. Dental Partners of Boston offers numerous prosthodontic procedures which can be used to take care of teeth that are worn, missing, stained, or chipped. Prosthodontics use their expertise to help with treatments that include dental crowns, veneers, whitening, and dental implants.
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What Is Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is the creation and placement of dental prosthetics. Prosthodontics in Boston as a dental specialty focuses on treating, rehabilitating, and maintaining the comfort, health, appearance, and function of damaged or missing teeth. The structure and appearance of your teeth is so important. If we don’t take care of it, it can affect our whole smile and appearance. Here is a list of the prosthodontic services we offer at Dental Partners of Boston:
Dental Lumineers are a brand of porcelain dental veneers that are pretty popular nowadays. Lumineers are thin, shell-like covers that are placed over your teeth to cover up cosmetic issues like, misaligned teeth, stains, chips, or gaps. Each one is bonded to the front of a tooth, finalizing the procedure. They are long lasting and have a natural look. Lumineers can still be applied to your teeth even if you’ve had other work done. Lumineers provides an effective and beautiful way to create the perfect smile you have always dreamed of.
- Dental Veneers
Dental veneers consist of a compilation of several thin ceramic layers which replace original tooth enamel, and an adhesive layer. To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth. Veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, has been fractured, and for other situations where the tooth position has been compromised.
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- Partial Crowns, Inlays, & Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are very similar. An inlay restoration is a custom made filling utilized to repair damage to the tooth’s biting surface. Onlays are used when both the tooth’s biting surface and one or more of the chewing cusps requires repair. Inlays and onlays are used in teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. They make suitable replacements for fractured older fillings, and have the added benefit of being a more conservative treatment approach than crowns because they don’t require much of the tooth structure to be removed. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay is appropriate when a regular filling will not suffice. Both inlays and onlays are more protective and stronger than a filling.
- Dental Crowns
A dental crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
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- Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. The span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutment. Bridges come in different materials and can be decided at time of visit.
Dentures are removable false teeth that fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth. They help with chewing and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. Dentures should be removed once a day to be cleaned. Dentures can be made of acrylic resin, metal, or a combination of acrylic and metal. When it is no longer possible to keep healthy teeth dentures are a good option and can restore peace of mind and help to achieve a happy smile.
- Full-Mouth Reconstruction
As the name implies, mouth reconstruction refers to rebuilding and/or replacing all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. Full mouth reconstructions combine esthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and beauty of the mouth. There are a number of patients who would require a full mouth reconstruction. These patients may exhibit multiple missing teeth, numerous teeth with large fillings that are failing or have decay, cracked or broken teeth, or badly worn teeth due to teeth grinding or other habits.
- Complete Smile Makeovers
A Complete Smile Makeover is custom-designed for each patient, depending on their needs, goals, and existing oral and health condition. A complete smile makeover is not itself a single procedure or a set series of procedures, it’s a combination of pre-selected treatments that vary from patient to patient. Some patients may require extensive reconstructive work while need veneers combined with other interventions that will target a specific area. A complete smile makeover can include procedures from cosmetic dentistry, gum contouring, dental implants and others.
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Do I Need Prosthodontic Care?
Prosthodontics can be right for any patient who is suffering from missing or damaged teeth. At Dental Partners of Boston are dedicated to the highest standards of care in tooth restoration and replacement. Oral rehabilitation is crucial to a patient’s quality of life. If you have missing or deficient teeth, prosthodontic care is crucial.
How Do I Receive Prosthodontic Care?
Dental prosthetics can be obtained by scheduling an appointment with a prosthodontist at Dental Partners of Boston. During an initial assessment, we’ll determine your needs and lay our a treatment plan. From there, we’ll set you up with another appointment to begin treatment. An impression of the patient’s mouth is usually taken if dentures or a replacement tooth is needed. This mold is used to create any prosthodontics that are necessary. All of the above prosthodontic procedures can be done in our office. We will make sure that all of your needs and concerns are met and will help you find the smile you have been wishing for.
Thinking About an Appointment?
If you’ve been thinking about making an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston, you can schedule one today. Our prosthodontists are prepared to assist patients with numerous services. Should you have any questions about prosthodontics, please contact us as we are happy to address any concerns you have.
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