Prosthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that requires a dentist to undergo additional study. As the name suggests, it’s all about the provision of prosthetics, or artificial teeth, whether that means partial replacements like crowns or bridges, or fully artificial replacement teeth like dental implants. At Bay City Dental Center, we offer our patients a full range of prosthodontic services.
If you thought prosthodontics is just about dentures, you’re mistaken. In fact, Bay City, MI dentist Dr. Matthew Ward may decide that full or partial dentures of some kind are the best treatment option for a patient, this is just a tiny fraction of the treatment options that he may recommend.
We work with patients to create treatment plans that restores the functionality, comfort and aesthetics of their smiles, using artificial or manufactured teeth or components, but that doesn’t always mean extracting existing teeth.
In many cases, we use your existing, worn teeth as the base for a new set of crowns or bridges that transform your smile and make eating, talking and smiling easier. Other cases may involve bridge work or implants, or many other types of full or partial dental prosthetics.
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Why Is Prosthodontics Necessary?
In modern dentistry, the goal is always to preserve the natural teeth as long as possible, and at Bay City Dental Center we have many tools and technologies at our disposal to do that. In some cases, however, it’s simply not possible to save all or some of the teeth, due to decay or damage, or because they have been physically lost in an accident or due to extraction.
In these instances, we recognize that while we cannot save the teeth, we can provide our patients with a complete and functional smile, that allows them to function and interact with comfort and confidence.
Large gaps in the teeth can make it difficult to do things like chewing or talking, and it can have a big impact on your confidence. These are exactly the situations where we can make all the difference.
What Kind Of Prosthodontic Devices Could I Get?
Dr. Ward at Bay City Dental Center will be there to advise you on the kind of dental prosthetics that would be of most benefit in your unique case.
Restoration of your existing teeth is a common option where teeth are chipped, cracked, worn, damaged or discolored. We will determine whether crowns, veneers, fillings, bridges, implants, or a combination of treatments is the best solution for you.
Replacing missing teeth is another area that Bay City Dental Center offers treatment. Bridges, implants and partial dentures are just some of the options that may be suitable for this type of treatment.
At Bay City Dental Center, we can also create a brand-new smile (or part of one), using dental implants, dentures and other replacements. Some patients only require this type of treatment for some of their teeth, or one of their jaws, while others need full mouth rehabilitation to replace both top and bottom sets of teeth.
Form And Function
Some people might say that prosthodontists are mostly concerned with cosmetic dentistry, however, while it is true that a beautiful smile is aesthetically pleasing, it’s also true that a full set of functional and pain-free teeth is necessary for everyday life.
We do so much more than just make your teeth look great. We make them work the way they should too, and that is life-changing for many patients.