Artificial Tooth Replacement - Know about Prosthodontics

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Dr. Vinod Chandel

Posted By : Dr. Vinod Chandel - BDS, MDS (Prosthodontics) AIIMS, New Delhi

Posted On : Aug 13, 2008 (Views : 8953)

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Now a day?s dentistry has progressed that even a person at the age of 90 years can have full compliment of teeth. The branch of dentistry dealing with artificial teeth and any missing facial parts such as eye, ear, nose or lips is called as Prosthodontics. Your missing teeth can be replaced by an artificial removable or a fixed prosthesis. Well, both these prosthesis are made as per your own personal, aesthetic and functional preference.


Why a Prosthodontist?

They provides an extremely high level of care for patients who have missing teeth or have significant damage to their existing teeth. Training includes crowns, bridges, dentures, cosmetics, tempromandibular joint dysfunction, maxillofacial prosthesis and Dental implants. They also deal with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and cancer. Dental Implants are in fact replica of tooth root, which is placed in your jaw during a small surgery. These are inert metal screws made of a special metal called as Titanium. These screw shaped titanium are placed at a pre-determined location for the tooth inside the bone. Later on once the bone anchors this metal screw, artificial tooth is placed on this screw. This kind of implant-supported tooth is completely similar to original tooth in terms of structure, esthetics and function. Titanium is a well-known metal for its biocompatibility. It is being used for more than a century now for orthopedic purposes. This kind of implant can also be used for supporting multiple teeth or complete denture. Implants have an edge over the conventional fixed prosthesis that in this procedure, preparation of adjacent teeth is not required. The only disadvantage is that the implant is costing little above twenty thousand per teeth and which is out of reach for most of our population. There is good news that the efforts are on to devise indigenous implants in India. Once this project is over, the cost will reduce significantly and common man will be able to afford it.


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