Prosthodontics FAQ

Prosthodontic Dentistry FAQs

At Fioritto Family Dental, we’re always happy to address your questions or concerns.  We receive many questions about prosthodontic dentistry, so we wanted to provide answers to some of our most frequent queries.

What is a prosthodontics?

Prosthodontic dentistry includes the restoration and treatment of jaw and maxillofacial issues resulting from tooth loss.  Dental prosthetics include custom:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental Implants
  • Veneers
  • and more

Our doctors are also qualified to diagnose oral health issues and offer treatment options for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), and obstructive sleep apnea as well as oral cancers.

Can prosthodontics address cosmetic concerns?

Yes.  Our doctors are not only concerned with practical aspects of tooth restoration, such as eating and speaking, but also creating an aesthetically pleasing result.  Our doctors are also qualified to create treatment plans related to smile improvement, such as using crowns or veneers to conceal problem areas like discoloration or cracked or chipped teeth.

 What options are available to treat tooth damage?

A damaged tooth can be more than an eyesore – it can be an invitation for pain, infection, decay, and gum disease if left untreated.  If a damaged tooth can be salvaged, a crown can help to protect the tooth from further harm and restore function and cosmetic appeal.  If several teeth (especially visible front teeth) are damaged by chips, cracks, wear, or discoloration, for example, veneers may be a viable option to see immediate and long-term improvement.

What options are available to treat tooth loss?

Losing teeth can be a traumatic occurrence that impacts oral function and self-esteem.  Luckily, there are several potential treatment options to discuss with your doctor, including bridges, dental implants, and dentures.  The right option will depend on your particular situation and your preferences.

Do I need to replace a missing tooth?

While you could choose to leave an open gap in your mouth following tooth loss, replacement is a good idea for a couple of reasons.  First, you may suffer deterioration of jawbone since there is no tooth for the jaw to support.  Adjacent teeth could begin to lean into the missing area, resulting in misalignment and bite problems.  Having a gap in your smile could also be detrimental to your self-confidence.

If we haven’t addressed your specific questions and you’d like to learn more, contact Fioritto Family Dental today at 440-951-5511!  We welcome your questions.