Prosthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on repairing or replacing teeth with prostheses. This includes dental crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, as they provide a complete, functional tooth that is almost as good as the real thing. The implants consist of a titanium post surgically placed in the jaw and a porcelain or composite crown placed on top.
Implants can replace one or several teeth when combined with customized prostheses such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. A dental laboratory technician is a trained professional who manufactures dental restorations, crowns, bridges, and dentures based on designs and instructions provided by a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed dental school and at least three additional years of advanced training and education in a CODA accredited graduate program in prosthodontics. Prosthodontists specialize in restoring smiles and creating beautiful, functional smiles.