What is the purpose of dental prosthetics?
The purpose of dental prosthetics is to restore or replace missing or damaged teeth, which can improve the appearance of the mouth, enhance the ability to chew and speak, and prevent further damage to the remaining teeth and gums.
Dental prosthetics include a range of devices, such as dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Dentures are removable appliances that are used to replace a full arch or partial arch of missing teeth. Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are anchored to adjacent teeth and used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone and used to support a replacement tooth or bridge.
In addition to restoring or replacing missing teeth, dental prosthetics can also help to improve the alignment of the remaining teeth, which can enhance the function and appearance of the mouth. They can also prevent the shifting of teeth and the bone loss that can occur when teeth are missing, which can lead to further dental problems.
Dental prosthetics are custom-made to fit each patient's mouth and are designed to provide optimal function, comfort, and esthetics. They are typically fabricated by a dental laboratory using impressions and measurements taken by a dentist or prosthodontist.