What is prosthodontic treatment?
A prosthodontist is an expert in the restoration and replacement of teeth for cosmetic and functional reasons. As a dental specialist, he or she is responsible for evaluating your condition, choosing an appropriate treatment plan for your situation, performing the procedures and ensuring follow-up care management. Prosthodontic treatment, or prosthetic dentistry, is designed to fix worn, damaged, or missing teeth with the use of fillings, veneers, implants, bridges, dentures, and crowns.
When should I see a specialist for prosthodontic treatment?
You may wish to consider prosthodontic treatment if you have worn, damaged, or missing teeth and you would like a prosthodontist’s opinion on how best to restore optimal appearance and function to your teeth.
Prosthodontic treatment is restoration work that may involve the creation of fillings, veneers, dental implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns. You may wish to consult a prosthodontist if you have concerns about teeth that need to be restored or replaced. By restoring their optimal functionality, you will also restore the aesthetic appearance of your teeth and smile.Enquire with our dental specialists.
Did you know?
Dental implants have a long history. The first evidence of their use is traced back to ancient Egypt where carved seashells and stones were found to have been used to replace missing teeth. 1
What are the risks of prosthodontic treatment?
As in any surgical intervention, there are potential risks and complications in prosthodontic procedures. Your prosthodontist will discuss these with you and provide you with a detailed explanation of the possible risks linked to your treatment. These may be related to the anaesthetic or the prosthesis used in your restoration.
How do I prepare for prosthodontic treatment?
You can prepare well for your treatment by being well-informed and confident in the treatment you are to receive. You may feel some anxiety prior to the procedure. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to speak to your prosthodontist who will address your concerns.
Depending on the upcoming treatment and the anaesthetic you will receive, you may have strict instructions to follow for up to 8 hours before the procedure. Check all the details with your prosthodontist in advance.
What can I expect during prosthodontic treatment?
Each restorative procedure is different and depends on your situation. You are welcome to discuss your procedure with your prosthodontist prior to your treatment. In general, prosthodontic procedures are performed in several stages, as there are multiple steps involved.
Your prosthodontist will provide you with a clear explanation of each step and the time required for each appointment.
What happens after my prosthodontic treatment?
Depending on your procedure, you may have swelling and some bleeding immediately following the treatment. Your mouth will be sensitive and you will need to let it heal by disturbing the site of the procedure as little as possible.
Be sure to follow the post-operative instructions you receive from your prosthodontist and nurses. If you continue to experience acute pain and bleeding or if you notice an unpleasant odour emanating from your mouth, you must contact your specialist urgently.
Once your treatment is complete and you have completely healed, it is important to maintain excellent oral and dental hygiene to preserve the life of your prosthetics.Request an appointment with a dental specialist today.
 Gaviria L, Salcido JP, Guda T, Ong JL. Current trends in dental implants. Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. 2014;40(2):50-60. doi:10.5125/jkaoms.2014.40.2.50.