Prosthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on restoring and replacing missing teeth and rehabilitating oral function and aesthetics. Prosthodontists are dental specialists with advanced training in diagnosing, planning, and implementing various prosthetic dental treatments.
By addressing missing or damaged teeth, prosthodontic treatment improves oral function, enhances aesthetics, and boosts self-confidence. Our dentists specialize in the most advanced prosthodontic treatments and can offer you long-lasting solutions that contribute to your overall oral health and well-being. If you have dental concerns such as missing or damaged teeth, consulting with our prosthodontist at Cadena Dentistry can help determine the most appropriate treatment options.
Types of Prosthodontic Treatments
Dental crowns or caps are tooth-shaped prosthetic restorations that cover and encase a damaged or weakened tooth. They provide strength, protection, and improved aesthetics. Crowns are commonly used to restore severely decayed teeth, teeth with large fillings, cracked or fractured teeth, or teeth that have undergone root canal treatment.
Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges help restore the smile's appearance, maintain proper bite alignment, and prevent the shifting of surrounding teeth.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They provide a sturdy foundation for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dental implants offer a long-lasting and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth, restoring oral function and preserving bone health.
The Advantages of Prosthodontic Treatment
Restored Oral Function
Prosthodontic treatments such as dental crowns, dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures restore your ability to bite, chew, and speak properly. Missing or damaged teeth can make eating certain foods or articulating words difficult. Prosthodontic restorations help improve oral function, allowing patients to enjoy a varied diet and communicate confidently.
Prosthodontic treatments can significantly improve the smile's appearance and overall facial aesthetics. Dental crowns, bridges, dentures, and veneers are custom-made to blend seamlessly with natural teeth, resulting in a more attractive and harmonious smile. This can boost self-confidence and improve one's overall quality of life.
Missing teeth or poorly fitting dentures can affect speech clarity. Prosthodontic treatments such as dental bridges or dentures replace missing teeth, restoring proper articulation and speech patterns. This can eliminate pronunciation difficulties and enhance communication abilities.
Preservation of Jawbone and Facial Structure
When teeth are lost, the jawbone in that area can gradually deteriorate, leading to bone loss and changes in facial structure. Dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone help stimulate bone growth and preserve the jawbone's integrity. This contributes to maintaining a youthful facial appearance and preventing the sunken-in look associated with tooth loss.
If you have dental concerns such as missing or damaged teeth, visit Cadena Dentistry at 606 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX 78840, or call (830) 775-3322 to consult with our prosthodontists. They will provide a comprehensive assessment and recommend the most suitable prosthodontic treatment options for you.