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Prosthodontics is a dental specialty officially recognised by the General Dental Council, which regulates the dental profession in the UK. A prosthodontist is a dentist who has successfully completed an accredited programme and been listed on the General Dental Council website. Because they are also trained in other dental specialties, they take a broad and knowledgeable approach to your dental care.

The goal of a prosthodontist is to restore your smile to the best possible functional and aesthetic state. They help rebuild natural teeth and treat missing ones with artificial replacements. They are responsible for planning and carrying out more complex restorative treatments.

What treatments does a prosthodontist specialise in?

Prosthodontists may be involved in routine procedures, such as creating a crown for a decayed tooth, or more complex operations such as total smile reconstruction. Treatments that fall within their area of expertise include (but are not limited to)

  • Dental implants
  • Bridges, crowns, and veneers
  • Bridges, crowns, and veneers
  • Teeth worn down by bruxism (tooth grinding)
  • Teeth worn down by bruxism (tooth grinding)
  • Problems caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues

How do prosthodontists work?

Teeth can suffer damage due to trauma, decay, disease, and even the ageing process. Your prosthodontist will thoroughly assess your dental condition before putting together a treatment plan to restore the appearance and function of your teeth.

Skilled prosthodontists employ certain design elements to ensure good proportions and attractive, natural results. They include:

  • The Horizontal Smile Line: This element consists of imaginary horizontal lines that connect both eyes and both canine teeth. To ensure that most appealing result, these two imaginary lines should be parallel.
  • Vertical Symmetry: The imaginary line that bisects the upper and lower portions of your mouth is known as its vertical symmetry. Any variance in the shape or size of your front teeth can result in flawed symmetry.
  • Smile Line: This imaginary line connects the biting edges of your top teeth. The most attractive Smile Line is one that aligns to the curve of your lower lip.
  • Gum Line: By neatly following your upper lip, this element creates an attractive frame for your teeth. Ideally, only small triangles of pink gum tissue should be visible between your teeth when you flash a smile.
  • Embrasure: This element pertains to the triangular spaces between the tips of your teeth. The ideal situation is for these spaces to be smallest between the front teeth and then increase in size.
  • Tooth Proportion: This particular element states the most attractive tooth height to width ratio, otherwise known as a ratio of 0.7:1.
  • The Golden Triangle: Also known as the Golden Proportion, this element is used as the starting point of smile reconstruction design. It indicates the amount of visible tooth surface visible when you smile. This design mainstay is called the ratio of 1.6:1:0.6.