Specialized Prosthodontics in Newark and New Brunswick, NJ
Prosthodontics, a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions. This includes missing or deficient teeth, as well as oral and maxillofacial tissues.
Dental implants can replace the roots of missing teeth and are often used as a support system for a single crown, bridges, and even full dentures. The implants are a titanium cylinder that will be surgically placed in the jawbone in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. The innovative technology used in this procedure creates an end-result that functions and looks like real teeth.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
A comprehensive mouth reconstruction can offer dramatic results for patients with multiple dental problems within the mouth, including missing, cracked, or broken teeth or teeth that have been worn down from bruxism. Some patients may have functionality and aesthetic issues as the result of conditions present from birth. Such conditions include Ectodermal Dysplasia, Dentinogenesis Imperfecta, and Amelogenesis, all of which may require a full mouth restoration procedure.
Porcelain veneers are a thin outer shell that can be bonded to the enamel of existing teeth to improve their appearance. Prior to the application, the tooth must be filed down to create space for the veneer to be placed on the façade of the tooth without overcrowding the mouth or creating an unnatural appearance. A prosthodontist may recommend veneers as a solution to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, discolored, or chipped. This procedure may also help to close gaps between teeth to improve the overall appearance of the mouth.
If a patient has teeth with large fillings, worn down or fractured teeth, or teeth that have had a root canal procedure performed, then crowns may provide a viable solution. A dental surgeon may also recommend a crown to help with discolored or misshapen teeth.
A fixed bridge offers a permanent solution for one or more missing teeth. The procedure is completed by preparing teeth on both sides of the space left by the missing tooth with crowns, then a replacement tooth adheres to the crowns, and the bridge is cemented. While a dental implant is more commonly used today due to advancing technology, in certain cases, a fixed bridge may be recommended as the best course of action for missing teeth. A prosthodontist will consult with the patient to determine the best solution.
Complete dentures can be custom fitted to replace all teeth. Alternatively, removable partial dentures can replace teeth in a specific area of the mouth. Dentures can improve appearance, increase self-confidence, and alleviate speech and chewing issues caused by missing teeth. The prosthodontist will build a custom appliance to match the patient's mouth shape, bite, and smile.
Prosthodontics is just one of many dental specialties our team can perform within the convenience of one centralized office. Make an appointment today with Rutgers Health University Dental Associates.