Different dentists who specialise in different prides, such as a Prosthodontist, perform different procedures altogether. There are 09 branches a Dentist can specialise in, namely:
1. Oral Diagnosis Medicine and Radiology:
This deals with the diagnosis of dental diseases using different diagnostic methods, tests, and X-rays.
2. Oral Pathology:
This specialisation deals with the diagnosis and confirmation of oral diseases like oral cancers by studying oral tissue at a microscopic level.
This specialisation deals with the conservation of tooth structure by filling cavities and performing Root Canal Treatments to save the tooth.
This specialisation deals with replacing the missing tooth and its surrounding structure. Further, these specialists perform aesthetics and cosmetic treatment by implant placement and capping of teeth.
5. Paediatric Dentistry:
This specialisation deals with the conservative and extensive treatment of milk teeth for kids until they turn 18.
This specialisation deals with braces and correction of maligned teeth.
This specialisation deals with tissues surrounding the teeth like gum surgeries to correct the loosening of teeth and to help prevent extractions by saving the teeth.
8. Oral Surgery:
This specialisation deals with surgical and non-surgical extraction of teeth and jaw surgeries like fracture and tumour treatments.
9. Public Health and Community Dentistry:
This specialisation deals with spreading community health awareness about dental health. They also help to form legal policies pertaining to dental health by performing studies and research.
What Does a Prosthodontist Do?
Today, we shall discuss the Prosthodontics specialisation. A Prosthodontist treats patients by performing the following procedures:
1. Tooth Preparations for Dental Caps/Dental bridges:
A tooth that has to receive a dental cap is prepared in a specific manner to prevent extensive tooth loss. Further, this preparation helps to retain the tooth cap on the tooth effectively.
2. Support to the Teeth by Core Treatments:
This treatment involves inserting a metal/fibre core into the tooth to give it a stable foundation for the placement of a dental cap. This procedure is carried out for teeth that are extensively damaged and require support to receive a cap.
3. Aesthetic/Cosmetic Treatments:
To help close gaps between teeth, hide stained teeth or even get a completely new smile through smile designing.
4. Prosthesis to Replace Missing Teeth:
Replacing missing teeth can be for one tooth, a couple of teeth or the full mouth. These prostheses are known as dentures.
Implants are the newest range of treatments in dentistry. Implants are placed into the bone. After implant placement the specialist carefully plans a dental cap to receive the loads of chewing. This procedure is extensive and requires meticulous steps to be performed.
I hope this blog post provided vital information to you. Wishing you happy dental health!