What is Prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a restorative sector of the dentistry field. It focuses on issues with missing teeth and problems with jaw structures. Dr. Raymond Ribitch of Mid Michigan Smiles, a dentist in Mt. Pleasant, MI, is also a prosthodontist. Learn more about prosthodontics and what issues the field can solve.

About Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics helps Dr. Ribitch take restorative dentistry to the next level. He’s gone through advanced training in both the diagnosis and treatment of extremely complex dental problems. He can do many treatments for complex issues all in our dental office. These include things like damaged teeth, missing teeth, and advanced gum disease. We can even do full-mouth reconstructions.

The goal of prosthodontics is to make sure your oral health is stabilized and that your beautiful smile is restored. There are a variety of restorative dental treatments we can offer to make sure that you’re back to full health and have the smile you’re looking for. We can design, make, and fit artificial replacements for your teeth, as well as provide other services.

Our Restorative Dentistry Services

One of the most important restorative dentistry services is dental implants. They’re the gold standard of tooth replacement and are perfect for replacing any number of teeth. The only solution for missing teeth that replaces the tooth root, they can support a dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on the number of teeth you’re missing.

If dental implants aren’t right for you, we also offer dentures, partials, and bridges to replace missing teeth. We have you covered no matter if you’re missing one tooth or a full arch. Bridges can be removable or fixed, while dentures are removable unless supported by dental implants. Technology in both of these restoration methods has come a long way, and they’re more comfortable and functional than they’ve ever been.

Dental crowns are designed to help fix damaged or discolored teeth. They can also be used to support a dental bridge and help stabilize a tooth that’s had a filling. Crowns cover your entire tooth like a cap. If you have discolored teeth, teeth that are broken and worn from age, or teeth that are damaged, dental crowns can restore both the looks and functionality that your teeth used to have.

Lastly, TMJ disorders factor into prosthodontics. Clenching and grinding your teeth are some of the main signs and symptoms. You’ll notice pain in and around your jaw joints, as well as possibly some locking and popping when you open and close your mouth. Treating TMJ can be a process. Dr. Ribitch can help you find the right solution with orthodontics, oral appliance, or others. Each TMJ treatment plan is personalized for the specific patient.

Prosthodontics at Your Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Dentist

Get something a bit more than your usual dental service. Make over your smile at Mid Michigan Smiles. Call us or schedule an appointment online.