Prosthetics are also used to serve the same purpose of dental implants. Nowadays, a broken or mislaid tooth can be easily replaced with prosthetics. Unlike a dental implant which is buried into the jawbone, prosthetic is laid upon the top of the gums. Prosthetics are more versatile in a sense that it can be easily replaced and cleaned when necessary.
Dental prosthetics are also known as prosthodontics or prosthetic dentistry. The process also covers diagnosis, treatment, restoration and maintenance of oral function. The cosmetic restoration or replacement of teeth aims to provide comfort and improved appearance of health patients. People with broken or missing teeth are advised to get prosthetics more than anything else since it takes lesser time compared to dental implants. Because prosthetics are simply coated over broken teeth, it can restore the teeth’s functionality. There is no particular bone structure required to get this done hence, the patient can still chew efficiently after the process.
Prosthetics are usually made of ceramic or plastic which makes it more economical than implants. Serious cases might need specialized prosthodontics such as congenital defects, surgery or trauma. The common prostheses fabricated by maxillofacial prosthodontist are speech-aid prosthesis and mandibular-resection prosthesis.