Prosthodontics Combines Art and Science

hands crafting a prosthetic mouth

A lot goes into getting artificial teeth. After all, there is no one-size-fits-all tooth. Because everyone’s gums and teeth are different, their dentures, veneers and other prosthodontic treatments have to be carefully matched to their individual needs. Crafting the perfect pair of dentures, for example, requires a lot of scientific and medical planning, but it also requires a lot of artistry to make it look the best it can. If you’re considering getting artificial teeth, you can feel confident knowing that the dentists at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates are fully trained in both the science and art of the field.

Expert Prosthodontists

Rutgers Health University Dental Associates has some of the top prosthodontists in the area. A prosthodontist is a type of dentist who specializes in restoration services. That means their scope of knowledge includes everything from mouth cosmetics to functionality. They’re the ones that craft the dentures and artificial teeth that you’ll wear for years to come.

This is where those artistic skills come into play. While using sculpture, ceramic and painting techniques, they have to make sure your new teeth match your existing ones in size, color and shape. If you’re getting a full mouth reconstruction or full set of dentures, the prosthodontist gets you involved in the designing process to make sure you’re completely satisfied with the finished result.

With technology becoming more and more advanced, more emphasis is being placed on cosmetics. That’s why an ability to master both the science and the art behind prosthodontics is essential. For patients at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, that just means you’ll get to show off a better looking smile.

Designing Dentures

Making custom dentures is probably where the most craftsmanship is involved. It’s not just the teeth being designed, but the entire gum structure, as well. A lot of precise measurements must be taken to ensure a comfortable, natural fit. This is done using alginate impression molds and special tools like centric trays, gnathometers and more. Once the molds have been created and tested to make sure the bite record and fit is correct, it’s time to move into the final design phase of the process.

At this point, it’s time to pick out the teeth that will be used with the dentures. Then, each artificial tooth is individually placed by hand into the wax gum mold. The gums also get detailed with ridging, shading and texturing. After, everything is carefully arranged and then polished to look as natural and realistic as possible, so that when the patient puts in the finished dentures, they can feel confident in their smile and their ability to talk, bite and chew.

Learn More

Want to learn more about how dentures or other types of artificial teeth are made or placed? Just contact Rutgers Health University Dental Associates. We’ll be happy to get you set up with an appointment and well on your way to getting the personalized treatment solutions you need.