Prosthodontics in Bay City, MI

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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.

What are the Benefits of Prosthodontics?

There are many reasons patients choose to pursue prosthodontic treatments, and they range from the convenience of replacing a missing tooth to smiling with more confidence. Whether you are looking for a functional solution or an aesthetic one, our professionals are proud to offer excellent results. Here's why so many people choose to work with Bay City Dental Center:

  • Experience: Dr. Ward is qualified to provide a wide range of prosthodontic options, and we have the experience and training needed to make sure you receive the best outcomes possible.
  • Comfort: We offer cutting-edge tools and technologies so your experience is as stress-free as possible.
  • Support: Our team understands that undergoing prosthodontic treatment can be intimidating, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

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.

Prosthodontics FAQs

How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implant, securing it in place. Once the implant is secure, Bay City Dental Center will place a restoration like a dental crown on top. Implants are a great way to restore your smile because they look and feel like your natural teeth.

Are dental implants better than dentures?
Some people find that dental implants are a better option for prosthodontics than dentures because they do not slip or move around. Implants also help to preserve the jawbone and prevent it from deteriorating, which can happen when you have missing teeth. Additionally, implants can last a lifetime with proper care in Bay City.

Are veneers worth it?
Veneers are an option for patients who want to change the color, size, shape, or length of their teeth. They are made of a thin porcelain material that is bonded to the front surface of the tooth. Veneers can cover up stains, chips, and gaps in your smile. Dr. Ward may suggest veneers as a prosthodontics treatment if you want to improve the aesthetics of your smile.

How long do prosthodontic treatments last?
Prosthodontic treatments, such as dental implants and veneers, are designed for longevity. Dental implants, when maintained properly, can last for many years. The crown attached to the implant typically lasts 10-15 years before it may need replacement due to wear and tear. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, can last between 10 to 20 years, depending on your oral hygiene and habits. Regular dental check-ups at Bay City Dental Center are crucial to monitor and maintain these prosthodontic treatments.

Can prosthodontic treatments improve my oral health?
Yes, prosthodontic treatments can significantly improve your oral health. Dental implants, for instance, help preserve the jawbone and prevent its deterioration, maintaining the structure of your face and mouth. They also replace missing teeth, thus improving your ability to chew and speak. Overall, prosthodontics can play a vital role in restoring and maintaining oral health.

Is it normal to experience sensitivity after prosthodontic procedures?
It is not uncommon to experience some sensitivity following prosthodontic procedures, especially treatments involving tooth preparation, such as veneers. This sensitivity should be temporary. However, any prolonged or severe pain should be reported to Dr. Ward at Bay City Dental Center. They can provide guidance on pain management and assess if the sensitivity is part of a normal healing process or indicative of a complication.

Get A Strong, Beautiful New Smile

Whether you're missing a single tooth or you're missing multiple teeth, a personalized prosthodontic treatment plan at Bay City Dental Center can restore your smile. With options ranging from crowns and bridges to advanced dental implants, Dr. Ward will help you choose the right treatment option to improve function with a natural look. If you're in the Bay City, MI area, contact our office today to learn more and schedule a consultation. Let us work with you to create the stronger, more beautiful new smile you deserve.

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