ProsthodonticsProsthodontics is a specialized part of dentistry which relates to thediagnosis, treatment and maintenance of oral function, comfort andappearance. When a patient loses a tooth, or teeth, this can often result inan inability to chew properly and changed facial appearance. Aprosthodontist can help regain the proper function of the teeth and restore apatient’s appearance.Dental implant is used to replace missing teeth. It consists of a metal rodwhich is placed in the jawbone to hold a false tooth in place. One implant iscapable of supporting one or more false teeth, and is often consideredpreferable to conventional dentures or bridges.Implants can be very expensive, and it does involve a minor operation. It’simportant a patient has healthy gums in order for an implant to besuccessful.Dental Bridges replace missing teeth using a different method. There arethree types of dental bridges: A fixed bridge is where the false tooth is attached to the crown. Once implanted it cannot be taken out. A resin bonded bridge is, in the main, used for the replacement of front teeth. With a metal band and resin, the false tooth is attached to the surrounding teeth. For this practice the surrounding teeth must be healthy and strong. A cantilever bridge is used when there is more than one tooth missing. It involves fusing the false teeth to the crowns that are attached to the patient’s natural teeth on one side only.Dental bonding is used to improve and reshape teeth giving them abeautiful appearance. It involves the use of composite resin filling placed inthe back and front teeth. Bonding covers flaws and any traumas to theteeth, restoring them to a perfect finish.Dental veneers cover dental flaws in the teeth by placing ceramic porcelainwhich is similar to tooth enamel on the surface of the teeth. Porcelainveneers can help to cover up damaged teeth, crooked uneven teeth,discoloration of the teeth and much more.Wisdom teeth are referred to as third molars and are often more prone toproblems due to the fact there there’s often not enough room left in themouth once they start to emerge during the age of 17 to 21. This can causethem to emerge at different angles causing gum and facial swelling whichmay lead to them having to be extracted.
Arthur Weiss is the dentist Valley Village can count on for great oral health. Dr. Arthur W. Weiss10553 Riverside DriveToluca Lake, CA 91602-2440(818) 762-0694www.arthurweissdds.com