Happy Valley, OR
While keeping your natural teeth functional and strong is the ideal goal of dentists everywhere, sometimes this is simply not possible. Due to injury or illness, for example, you might find yourself in the position of having to have a tooth extracted, which can be a scary prospect. Do not worry, however, because there are some truly excellent replacement options that can help you find the look and functionality that best suit your remaining teeth. At Fusion Dental Specialists, we are proud to offer our experience in prosthodontics to our patients. When you need to find a replacement tooth option that is perfect for your specific needs, make sure to give us a shot!
What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is a field of dentistry that is dedicated to the replacement of natural teeth. To be more specific, it is the field of dentistry that focuses on things like when to make the decision to extract a tooth, how to come up with the best treatment plan and surgical options to suit your patients’ needs, how to conduct the surgery properly, how to determine what kind of replacement tooth your patients might need, and how to fit said replacement teeth in order to help maintain functional and naturally appearing replacement teeth.
Why might I need prosthodontics?
If you ever find yourself in a position where you have to have a tooth extracted for any reason, you will need Prosthodontics. When you have a tooth removed, it can really impact the overall structure of your mouth and jaw. This happens when the bone and tissue that used to hold your natural tooth in place eventually disappear because they have no purpose any longer. When this happens, the remaining teeth in your mouth could start to drift out of place. In order to help avoid this as well as to maintain the function and appearance of your natural smile, it is a good idea to invest in some form of replacement teeth. This is where Prosthodontics comes in.
When you meet with a prosthodontist, they will take the time to exam your mouth and give you their honest opinion about what kind of replacement tooth option is best suited for your needs. That includes things like crowns, implants, bridges, dentures, and other forms of cosmetic surgery that are useful for restoring your smile and ensuring that your mouth remains functional.
What is the best kind of prosthodontic device?
The answer to this question really depends on the exact issue you are hoping to solve. If all you want to do is replace a missing tooth and have a smile that looks natural, then something like a bridge might work just fine for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for something that will function well in addition to looking good, then you will want to consider something like a dental implant.
For more information on prosthodontics and how this field of dentistry can help you replace missing teeth, give us a call today at (503) 653-2299!