Treatments for Tooth Loss
Prosthodontics is one of nine recognized dental specialties in Canada. Prosthodontists aim to restore oral function, comfort, and aesthetics in the oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.
In Canada, prosthodontists are required to complete an advanced training program in the field of prosthodontics after they complete dental school. They are focused on the restoration or replacement of missing teeth or damaged teeth, as well as conditions that affect the soft tissue of the mouth and face.
Although general dentists can perform some of the procedures a prosthodontist performs, dentists will often refer patients to a specialist when there are complex factors involved or if a complicated treatment plan is necessary.
Dental Prosthodontic Treatments
Prosthodontists are concerned with reconstruction of the teeth and maxillofacial tissues. Their main focus is on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries, conditions, and diseases that affect the oral cavity and the surrounding area. A prosthodontist will assess the condition of your oral health and create a comprehensive treatment plan based on your specific needs. This may include any of the following procedures:
Dental fillings are applied to a tooth to prevent further decay when the tooth enamel has been damaged or worn away. This is a preventative measure to protect and restore the function of the teeth.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are fitted over damaged or compromised teeth. Dental crowns are used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry because they can improve the look and function of the teeth.
Dentures are a common dental appliance used to replace missing teeth. Dentures can be removed easily at home. Some people require full dentures (if all of the teeth are missing), while others only need partial dentures (if only some of the teeth are missing).
Prosthodontists are often called upon for implant dentistry. Dental implants are permanent replacements. The implant is supported by steel posts implanted directly into the gums and/or jaw.
Dental bridges are another option for the replacement of missing teeth. In a dental bridge, a prosthodontist creates a false tooth, which is typically held in place by a crown on one or both of the nearest teeth.
Bonding agents are often used by prosthodontists to restore and reconstruct teeth that are damaged or to fill spaces between teeth. The tooth-coloured resin can be shaped as necessary, resulting in a restorative and cosmetic repair.
Snoring Disorders and Sleep Apnea
Prosthodontists may be called upon to diagnose and treat patients with snoring disorders and sleep apnea. Dental appliances such as splints and CPAP machines are often used to keep airways open and allow for easy nighttime breathing.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD)
Disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint can be painful and damaging. Prosthodontists are often involved in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD, which can often be treated using dental appliances such as night guards and splints.
Other Conditions & Treatments
Prosthodontists may also be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of other disorders, including head and neck cancer, traumatic injuries, and cleft palate.
Find a Prosthodontist in Canada
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