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Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with restoring oral function. It includes repairing, rebuilding and reshaping damaged and decayed teeth and replacing missing teeth.

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Examples of prosthodontic treatment include placing a crown on a fractured tooth or fitting a new dental bridge to replace a missing tooth. Prosthodontics also covers reconstructive treatment following trauma or health conditions such as oral cancer, and the treatment of TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder.

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Why is prosthodontic treatment important?

Prosthodontic treatment is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, people who have damaged, decayed and missing teeth often suffer from a lack of confidence, which stems from being unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Restorative treatment can help to improve the aesthetic of the smile, giving individuals confidence to show off their smile again. Secondly, the teeth have several functions within the body. If your tooth is damaged or you have a number of missing teeth, this could impact your ability to eat a wide range of foods and you may also find that your speech is affected. The teeth also play a supportive role for the cheeks and lips. If there are gaps in your smile, this can cause the cheeks to sag, making you look older.

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What kinds of treatment options are available?

At Align & Smile, we offer a wide range of prosthodontic services, which are designed to restore, repair and replace damaged or missing teeth. Our aim is to promote healthy oral function and ensure that you feel confident when you speak and smile. Examples of treatment options include:

Veneers Veneers are ultra-thin shells, which are shaped to cover the natural teeth. They are usually made from porcelain, and they are famed for creating beautiful, flawless smiles. Veneers can be used to conceal everything from chips and gaps between the smile to discolouration.
Bridges Dental bridges are used commonly to replace a single missing tooth. They comprise a false tooth, which is anchored to a neighbouring crown.
Crowns Also known as caps, crowns are placed over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth to make the tooth stronger and more robust.
Dentures Dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth, which are designed to replace missing teeth. We provide both partial and full dentures.
Dental implants Implants are an effective long-term solution for tooth loss. They are made from titanium, and they sit in the jaw bone tissue, replacing the lost tooth root.

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Prosthodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on restoration of oral function. Examples of prosthodontic treatments include crowning a tooth or replacing missing teeth with a bridge, dentures or dental implants.

If you have infected or damaged teeth, you have injuries after being involved in an accident, you have missing teeth or you suffer from TMJ disorder, you may find it beneficial to see a specialist.

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