If you have a lot of missing teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, etc., your dentist can treat you. One thing you should consider though is going to a prosthodontist for your treatment. Below is information on what this type of dentist is, as well as how they can treat you to replace your missing teeth.
A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist that treats more complex dental problems. They can restore teeth and replace teeth that are damaged or missing. They are trained in using dental implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns. They can also treat a variety of jaw issues and disorders.
A prosthodontist can also do cosmetic dentistry. This type of dentistry focuses on improving your smile using a variety of treatments. What is used depends on the type of dental problem you are having. Some prosthodontists also work with people that have had injuries resulting in missing areas on their jaws.
Replace Missing Teeth
There are many treatments the prosthodontist can offer to replace your missing teeth. One is using dental implants. This is beneficial because, unlike dentures, dental implants cannot be removed. Instead, they look and act like your natural teeth and you care for them the same. This means brushing and flossing your dental implants along with your other teeth. The prosthodontist surgically places the teeth and roots in your jawbone. Titanium implants are often used and are made to match the color of your teeth, so they look completely natural. Dental implants may last you for the rest of your life.
The prosthodontist can also use a removable denture. If the teeth are in different areas of your mouth a partial denture can be used. With dentures, you have to remove them each night to clean the dentures using special cleaners. They are not as durable when compared to dental implants and will not last a long time. Dentures can also feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but you will adjust to them over time. There are also full dentures that the doctor may choose if most of your teeth are missing. If so, they will remove the other teeth in your mouth first. A mold is made of your mouth for both partial and full dentures and they are then made in a lab, so they fit your mouth well.
The prosthodontist can give you more information about these two treatments as well as other treatments they can offer you. Reach out to this dental care professional to learn more about prosthodontist treatments.