What is Prosthetic Dentistry?

With today’s advancements in dental care and technology, more people can retain their natural teeth than ever before. Still, adult tooth loss remains a significant issue. For some patients, even strict preventive dental care and timely restorative treatment may not save all of their teeth, especially in cases of accidental trauma. Prosthetic dentistry provides a variety of highly lifelike replacement teeth so you can once again enjoy a beautiful, youthful smile after suffering tooth loss.

What does prosthetic dentistry include?

Which prosthetic is best for you depends on how many teeth have been lost, whether the prosthetic should be fixed or removable, and whether or not the prosthetic will rest on one or more dental implants. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Petto Messina may recommend one of the following:

What if I don’t replace a lost tooth?

After losing a tooth, or several, the most obvious impact is on the appearance of your smile. Without a full set of healthy teeth, your smile can appear less attractive, negatively impacting your overall appearance and self-confidence. However, tooth loss produces more profound consequences for your dental health, and can cause remaining teeth to shift out of balance and become more susceptible to damage and tooth decay. Replacing lost teeth not only improves the esthetic value of your smile, but also preserves its integrity and your long-term dental health.