Pros•tho•don•tics is the branch of dentistry pertaining to the restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the restoration of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth. It includes, as well, the associated soft and hard tissues which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants.
Prosthodontics includes such procedures as crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays, and complete and partial dentures.
A dental crown is a protective tooth-shaped covering that is placed over a tooth in order to restore its shape, size and strength and to improve its overall appearance. It fully encloses the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A dental bridge is a fixed structure provided to replace or repair dental tissue so as to restore its form and function. A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or pre-existing dental implants.
Veneers are very thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth.
In dentistry, an inlay is usually an indirect restoration (filling) consisting of a solid substance (such as porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.
An onlay is the same as an inlay, except that it incorporates a replacement for a tooth cusp by covering the area where the missing cusp would be. For example a crown would be considered an onlay, which completely covers all surfaces of a tooth.
Now-a-days, dental implants have become the preferred method for replacing missing teeth, so many prosthodontic procedures today are done with implants as the support instead of the natural teeth or gums.
With prosthodontics, imperfect teeth, whether as a result of a birth abnormality, a traumatic accident, natural decay, or the consequence of age and wear from chewing or grinding, can be restored or replaced with attractive, functional teeth. Dr. Bernard Lynch is skilled in prosthodontics and can deliver aesthetically pleasing and healthy smiles while restoring and maintaining function.