What Are the Different Prosthodontic Procedures That Replace Missing or Damaged Teeth?

Prosthodontic procedures involve restoration of missing teeth by artificial prosthetics. These prosthetics come in a wide variety of materials which include dental fillings, dentures, bridges, dental implants, dental veneers, dental crowns, and inlays and onlays.

Prosthodontic procedures are used to restore and replace damaged or missing teeth. They involve using artificially created materials, or prosthetics as they are known in dentistry, to restore damaged or traumatised teeth, installing dental implants, replacing missing teeth etc.

The following are some of the prosthodontic procedures to help patients restore/replace their missing teeth and get the smile back on their faces.

Dental bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure where the prosthodontist conceals the imperfections in the tooth by applying a thin layer of resin which has been coloured like the tooth, and spreads and shapes it according to your need to give it a perfect look, hiding the imperfections in the tooth like gaps, chips or stains.

Replacing missing teeth

Prosthodontic procedure has many options for replacement of missing teeth, keeping in mind individual needs. The choices are many, like complete or removable partial dentures, dental implants, fixed or removable bridges or a combination of two methods. The prosthetics are made according to individual’s digital and actual image in the lab with utmost care keeping in mind the aesthetics and proper fit, and delivered to the dentist’s office for the procedure.

Restoration of damaged teeth

Damage to the teeth can be caused by trauma, facial injury, or dental caries. Sometimes restorations fail and damage the tooth. The prosthodontic procedure in such a case involves providing veneers, fillings and crowns to address each individual’s personal concerns and needs. The prosthetics are made with care and applied with complete attention to detail.

Dental implants

Dental implants are a marvel for cosmetic dentistry. The dental implants are prosthetic consisting of a metal post which works in place of an actual root and once properly rooted after a few months, is topped with an abutment and a dental crown to replace missing tooth. This is a lengthy procedure but worth every minute and penny spent on it. This is a result of bio technology which is becoming wide spread and is considered state of the art option for patients who have some or all the teeth missing.

Dental crowns

Broken and decayed teeth look ugly. They are painful and make chewing laborious. They also make one self-conscious. When a patient comes in with a broken and decayed tooth, the prosthodontist gives him an option of dental crown which will not only repair the decayed and broken tooth but prevent further damage and make it look beautiful adding to the aesthetics. The crown is made with trusted materials which will last long with the chewing pressure and biting force.

Cosmetic prosthodontic procedures

These procedures involve almost all the work that a prosthodontist does. When any replacement is required, be it a single tooth replacement or a major work consisting of many replacements with a complex set of procedures, the prosthodontist will see that the result should be pleasing to the eye and aesthetically perfect, in addition to being functional and practical. Prosthetics are designed in such a way that they restore the original teeth and still look beautiful.

When the missing teeth need to be replaced by prosthetics, the dentist will see to it that the fabrication of the crowns or bridges are perfectly crafted, so that they not only work like natural teeth but also look beautiful like natural teeth.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a customized set of prosthetic teeth that are fitted onto existing teeth to fill the gap created by missing teeth, which are lost due to decay or accidents and injuries. A bridge is helpful in chewing and speech. Your speech gets affected with many teeth missing. A bridge can give you your confidence back while speaking. Bridges are necessary to prevent nearby teeth to shift in the empty space created by fallen out teeth, thus preventing misalignment of teeth.


Dentures are a prosthetic device which helps in replacing missing teeth. They can be a few teeth or an entire line of upper or lower teeth in an arch. They are made to order and can be made to resemble your natural teeth. It will improve your appearance tremendously making you feel confident again. It will improve the quality of your life because you will find yourself speaking clearly and enjoying your food more than ever.

Inlays and onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restoration methods used for decayed or damaged teeth. Here the tooth-coloured resin is used to fill in the cavities or the surface of the tooth. When the cavities are too big for the dental fillings, and the damage include the cusps of the tooth, and the surface area of the tooth, the prosthodontist prefers to use onlays. The inside of the tooth treatments is called inlays. The inlays and onlays are fabricated in the lab according to the instructions of the prosthodontist and delivered to the dentist’s office, where the dentist will apply it on the teeth crafting carefully according plan, to give the patient a perfect smile.

Full mouth reconstruction

When there is extensive damage to the teeth from deep dental decay, or knocked out teeth due to accidents, or facial trauma through injury, the prosthodontists consider full mouth reconstruction. This is a lengthy but necessary treatment so that more than one area of treatment can be addressed and the patient can have a beautiful smile and a functional set of teeth at the end of the treatment.

At the end of the treatment, you will feel refreshed and confident, by the knowledge that your teeth are safe and well looked after. Full mouth reconstruction has great aesthetic value because the prosthodontist would have taken into account all aspects of your face and your personality as well as your image of the smile you want.

Prosthodontic dental procedures are a common treatment for patients who have suffered from tooth decay, gum disease or other periodontal conditions. If you suffer from any of these issues and would like more information on prosthodontics in general, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists.