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Prosthodontics Santa Ana / Tustin
Prosthodontics refers to a number of procedures that improve the appearance, form and function of the teeth. Prosthodontists often place porcelain veneers, dentures, bridges, crowns, onlays and inlays. In modern dentistry, dental implants are used most often to replace lost teeth, and many prosthodontic treatments are now done with implants as the foundation. These procedures can be done by either a general dentist or a specialist called a prosthodontist.
LifeTime Smiles of OC offers a variety of options for prosthodontics in Santa Ana and Tustin. We want all of our patients to enjoy the optimal oral health that comes from having a full set of strong, functioning teeth. If you have a weak, compromised or missing tooth, book an appointment with our team to review your restoration and replacement options.
A prosthodontist is trained in general dentistry and then receives another three years of education in prosthodontics, which is officially recognized as a specialty by the American Dental Association. The extra training includes numerous lectures, extensive reading, hands-on patient treatment and practice with building restorations in a lab environment. A prosthodontist also learns how to treat the following issues:
- Injuries that have damaged the structure of a patient’s mouth
- Birth defects and congenital problems in children and adults
- TMD and other jaw disorders that cause pain, popping and interfere with chewing
- Snoring, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders caused by abnormal mouth or tooth structure
- Reconstruction of the jaw and teeth after oral cancer treatment
Benefits of Prosthodontics
While patients are encouraged to save their teeth whenever possible, situations arise where teeth are lost or must be extracted. Missing teeth can be replaced by dentures or implants, which not only provide cosmetic enhancement but help to support the jaw and fill out the face. If teeth are crooked or discolored, veneers will greatly improve their appearance. Onlays and inlays replace old fillings and look much nicer than amalgam material. Any type of jaw reconstruction will preserve oral health, which is tied to general health in the rest of the body.
No two tooth replacements are exactly alike. Every patient has a unique appearance and specific needs that must be met. Every effort is made to design and construct tooth replacements that match any existing natural teeth and flatter the rest of the facial features. Careful attention is paid to the fit and comfort of the restorations, too.
Those who are interested in learning more about how prosthodontics may help them can search online at Go to a Pro, an American College of Prosthodontists website filled with informative articles, educational videos, before and after photos and a search engine that guides patients to the right specialists for their needs. Patients may also obtain information and a referral from their personal dentist.
Learn More about Prosthodontics
For more information about prosthodontics in Tustin, Santa Ana or the nearby areas, LifeTime Smiles of OC invites you to book an appointment with our team of talented dentists. Call or email us today.