What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry, which specializes in the repair and replacement of teeth that are damaged in any way. Prosthodontics takes care of all the details involved in creating a perfect and fully functional smile.

The prosthodontist is the dental specialist who is in charge of carrying out everything concerning the new smile, its functionality, and its harmonious presence in the rest of the face.

When creating or repairing a smile, the prosthodontist is the specialist in charge of giving the guidelines, so that the rest of the dental health professionals can do a completely perfect job.

Prosthodontics is in charge of carrying out everything related to dental prostheses so that the patient can recover his or her smile both in the esthetic and functional aspects.

Although all dental health professionals have knowledge about the design of smiles and dental prostheses. Only those in charge of the elaboration of dental prostheses are in charge of making them.

The foto shows a professional dental prosthetic technician creating new prosthesis  

A prosthodontist, in addition to doing all the treatments that the patient requires (either extracting damaged teeth or other types of conditions), is responsible for ensuring that the patient completely recovers his or her teeth in a healthy and complete manner.

Prosthodontics depends on the specific needs of each patient since these needs can vary from the need to place dentures or dental implants, to the prosthesis of the jaws or dental veneers. Its use is very broad and encompasses many ways to carry it out.

Without prosthodontists, there are no dental prostheses since these dental specialists are in charge of designing and manufacturing all the dental prostheses suitable for each type of patient.

It is very important to emphasize that prosthodontics is extremely important. This dental specialty allows patients to regain their ideal smile or simply have the smile they have always dreamed of.

The branch of prosthodontics allows you to eliminate any imperfection you may have in your teeth. It helps correct dental problems so that the patient can eat, speak, and function normally in society.

Prosthodontics, in turn, changes the damaged or missing teeth, for dental pieces made in a very natural way, so that the patient can be the person he/she has always wanted to be.

There are both fixed and removable dental prostheses, and prosthodontists are in charge of designing them according to the patient, and making them, depending on the specific needs.

Prosthodontics stands out among other dental specialties because it not only helps with esthetics but also with chewing and phonetics.

Prosthodontists are highly qualified dental health professionals when it comes to dental implants, veneers, crowns, or bridges, among others.

It is well known that dental prostheses have great importance in the lives of those patients who are missing teeth or suffer from some kind of dental condition so the prosthodontist is in charge of leading the way when it comes to fulfilling the dreams that patients may have. 

the foto shows a molded sample of a patients teeths


What is the job of a prosthodontist?

The prosthodontist is the dental specialist in charge of fixing damaged teeth inside the oral cavity and replacing them if necessary. The teeth that are extracted are replaced with any type of dental prosthesis suitable for the patient, be it bridges, crowns, dental implants, or more.

Prosthodontists are not only dedicated entirely to the teeth, nor to the oral cavity. There are some who are also trained to carry out interventions to repair some kind of deformity in the neck or jaws.

Prosthodontists are dental specialists whose function is to repair the teeth, tissue, or bones found in the oral cavity, as well as in the face, in order to give a more aesthetic and functional end to the patient’s smile.

Prosthodontists are professionals who have graduated from general dentistry and then go on to study prosthodontics as a specialty.

How is prosthodontics performed?

Before prosthodontics is performed, the patient must go to a specialist dentist to check the condition of the oral cavity and then proceed to carry out everything related to prosthodontics, if applicable. If there is a need to extract any dental piece that is very damaged, it will be extracted, and then you will have to wait until the gums are completely healthy, to be able to place the prosthesis safely in the missing spaces. If this is the case, the patient will be able to use an immediate prosthesis, which will allow the gums to heal for the placement of the definitive prosthesis, without the need for the patient to wear an edentulous and unaesthetic smile during the healing process.

In order to perform the prosthodontics, first of all, the specialist dentist will make an impression of the patient’s bite, in the place where the dental prosthesis will replace the missing or damaged tooth, so that the dental technicians can proceed to make the necessary prosthesis and that this prosthesis fits perfectly in the mouth of the person. If necessary, the dentist may take several dental impressions, in order to have completely accurate adjustments.

the photo shows a person smiling at a mirror after it implanted the prosthodontics

The prosthodontist will be in charge of giving precise instructions to the dental technician, in which he/she will tell him/her what specific color to give to the prosthesis, that matches the rest of the patient’s natural teeth, as well as the appropriate shape, in order to make it look as natural as possible.

After the dental prosthesis is placed in the patient’s arches, the specialist dentist will follow up with the patient to make sure that everything is going well, and in case of any eventuality, to solve it as soon as possible.

It is important that if you have any type of concern you consult with the specialist dentist. Similarly, you should be very careful with dentures, it is best to treat them as if they were your natural teeth.

Why is it necessary to see a prosthodontist?

You can see a prosthodontist if you have any type of concern regarding your teeth or your smile, since prosthodontists treat congenital diseases in the teeth or jaws. They also treat patients who have had some type of trauma, or those who simply want their smile to be much more beautiful.

Prosthodontists are specialists who are able to perfectly take care of any type of dental condition mentioned above.

Prosthodontists specialize in the placement of dentures, whether they are crowns, bridges, dental implants, or fixed or removable dentures. These dental health professionals know very well what they do because before proceeding to carry out the necessary tasks to place dentures. They will first assess the special needs that each patient may have.

Prosthodontists are also in charge of solving any problems patients may have when it comes to sleeping, such as snoring or bruxism. These dental health professionals will be able to provide you with the right solutions for these types of problems.

They are also able to address problems not only within the oral cavity or limited to the teeth. Prosthodontists can take care of trauma or conditions in the face, jaw, and neck.

If a patient suffers from some type of serious disease, such as cancer, the prosthodontist is able to treat and remove any type of tumor that is growing in or around the mouth.

The foto shows different types of prosthodontics

General dentist vs Prosthodontist.

A prosthodontist, in addition to having graduated as a dentist, is a dental health professional who specialized in prosthodontics.

Sometimes the treatments provided by the general dentist can be similar to the treatments provided by the prosthodontist. However, the prosthodontist is more educated in prosthodontics than the general dentist. Therefore it is more convenient for the patient to be evaluated and seen by a prosthodontist than a general dentist, if applicable.

Prosthodontists are much more experienced when it comes to dental implants since they had to invest years of study and dedication to study prosthodontics.

Prosthodontists handle any type of dental situation, from the placement of dental veneers to prosthetic surgery of the jaws.

What types of treatments do prosthodontists perform?

Prosthodontists are oral health specialists in charge of replacing and fixing those teeth and conditions within the oral cavity. The function of prosthodontists is to give the smile a completely natural quality and functionality. And offer the patient the quality of life they have always dreamed of. Among the treatments offered by prosthodontists are:

  1. Dental veneers:

Consists of very thin veneers placed on the front of the teeth, in order to give the smile a beautiful and functional aesthetic quality. Dental veneers are made in a completely personalized way, according to the patient’s features and the harmony they may have in conjunction with the rest of the facial features.

Before placing the veneers, the specialist dentist will proceed to file a few millimeters of the tooth surface, and they cement them on the natural tooth so that they remain fixed in position for many years.

Dental veneers perfect the patient’s smile, giving the teeth a very natural and beautiful color, size, and shape.


  1. Dental crowns or caps:

Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration, which is intended to be placed on the surface of broken or damaged teeth.

To place dental crowns, the specialist dentist must file and grind the adjacent teeth so that the crown fits perfectly in the oral cavity.

Dental crowns serve as caps for teeth that are broken and allow the tooth to be restored without the need to extract it.

In spite of all the benefits of dental crowns, nowadays their use is avoided as much as possible since they can affect the rest of the teeth.

  1. Dental implants:

Dental implants are titanium pieces embedded in the spaces with missing teeth, in order to place the prosthesis that will fit perfectly on the implants. Prosthodontists are in charge of placing the prostheses that go over the dental implants.

The dental prostheses are perfect since they are not removed. Therefore they remain fixed in the dental arches. To take good care of them, the patient should simply clean them as if they were his or her natural teeth, brushing them after every meal and not forgetting to floss.

Why is prosthodontics important?

the photo shows the colors of prosthodentics colors and models

Prosthodontics is very important since it is the branch of dentistry that treats the problems of damaged teeth, extracted teeth, or malformations in the jaws, which can affect the patient.

In order to have dental implants placed, the patient must go to a prosthodontist, who will evaluate what the patient needs to have done. If this is the case, the prosthodontist will extract the damaged teeth, so that the gums can being their healing process, and in this way, later on, the dental prosthesis can be placed in the indicated place.

Prosthodontics is extremely important within all dental specialties since dental specialists who are dedicated to this branch, are empowered with all the appropriate knowledge to carry out the process of designing smiles with dentures.

Prosthodontics is important because it not only deals with teeth but also with any type of maxillofacial malformation, whether congenital or due to some type of trauma.

Prosthodontists are also dental specialists empowered to treat cancerous diseases that may develop within the oral cavity or its adjacencies.

Prosthodontics allows the patient to enjoy the daily pleasures of having healthy teeth since it provides all the necessary tools and solutions to obtain that smile with the perfect functional and esthetic quality.

The cost of prosthodontics varies from one patient to another since not everyone comes to the prosthodontist with the same type of dental condition. The cost of prosthodontics is also influenced by the type of material used by the dentist to make the dental prostheses that will give the patient the greatest benefit.

The prosthodontist will be the one to decide what type of techniques to use according to the patient’s personal needs, whether they are fixed or removable partial dentures, fixed or removable total dentures, dental veneers, crowns, dental bridges, or others.

So if you want to get the perfect smile, do not hesitate to call your trusted dental specialist. Put your dreams in his or her hands, and he or she, together with his or her dental team of specialists, will make them come true.