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Prosthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry dedicated to making dental prosthetics (artificial teeth) for damaged or missing teeth. The word “prosthodontics” comes from the words “prostho,” meaning replacement, and “dontist,” meaning teeth.

A prosthodontist (a type of dental specialist) receives extended training in the fabrication of crowns, bridges, dentures and other restorative treatments.


A dental crown — sometimes called a “cap” — is a restoration that covers a badly damaged tooth. You might need a crown if you have extensive decay or a cracked tooth, or if you’ve recently had a root canal.


A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth in a row. This dental prosthetic consists of two crowns on either side with artificial teeth (pontics) in between them. Once placed, your natural teeth anchor the crowns, and the pontics fill the gap in your smile.


There are two main types of dentures: partial and full. Partial dentures replace several sporadically missing teeth. Full dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth. These removable appliances help restore the function and appearance of your smile.


If a tooth is too damaged for a filling but not damaged enough to warrant a crown, then you might need an inlay or onlay. These custom restorations fit into your tooth structure like tiny puzzle pieces.


Dental implants are tiny threaded posts used to replace missing teeth roots. They’re made from surgical-grade titanium or ceramic. Your dental provider places them into your jawbone. Once your implants heal, a prosthodontist can restore them with crowns, bridges or dentures.

If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, there are several removable and non-removable implant-supported options. Talk to us to find out which treatment is best for you.


A. Is prosthodontics the same as dentures and implants

No. Prosthodontics refers to the branch of dentistry itself. But dentures and implants are two common prosthodontic procedures.

B. What is the difference between orthodontics and prosthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry dedicated to straightening teeth. An orthodontist specializes in braces, retainers and clear aligners. Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry focused on making dental prostheses. A prosthodontist specializes in making dentures, crowns, bridges and other custom-made oral appliances.

C. What are the advantages of prosthodontics?

Prosthodontic treatments can:

  • Repair badly damaged teeth.
  • Replace missing teeth.
  • Improve your bite (the way your teeth fit together).
  • Correct TMJ issues.
  • D. What are the risks of prosthodontics?

    Risks are minimal when it comes to undergoing prosthodontic procedures. Like any dental procedure, there’s always a small risk of infection or nerve damage.

    If you notice any warning signs, such as fever or drainage near the treatment site, contact your dentist right away.

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