Prosthodontics is a dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of oral ailments. Missing, broken, chipped teeth and facial deformities are treated with the help of prosthodontic reconstructive surgery. A person trained in prosthodontics is called a prosthodontist.
Prosthodontists are trained for procedures such as restoring or replacing natural teeth using crowns, veneers, cosmetic dentistry, bridges, as well as partial and complete dentures. Poor oral hygiene leading to decay and gum disease is often a big cause for seeking reconstructive surgery. Sometimes when the tooth decay is too deep, the tooth has to be extracted and an implant placed for the missing tooth.
Maxillofacial prosthodontics is a super-specialization in the field of prosthodontics. It involves the use of prosthetics to treat defects in the face and neck region. The defects can be from birth, surgery, or from an accident. Prosthodontists develop a treatment plan that will take care of the esthetics and the functional aspects of your facial region. The treatment may require expert work from dental specialists such as endodontists and orthodontists.