Prosthodontics is the field of dentistry that rebuilds and replaces missing teeth and it is the only dental specialism that provides cosmetic dentistry. It uses dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns and bridges to completely reconstruct the mouth or restore its function and appearance.
Prosthodontists undergo at least three years post-graduate training and lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop bespoke solutions for each patient.
They treat people who have experienced a traumatic injury or who are born with facial defects, and they play a fundamental role in cosmetic dentistry, helping people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth and lacking self esteem to regain confidence.
As part of this work, broken, chipped or uneven teeth are fixed with ceramic crowns or veneers to conceal defects and discoloured teeth are whitened with bleaching agents.
In full mouth reconstructions implants are often used which may include bone augmentation in the jaw, where bone is surgically appended to the jawbone in order to stimulate regeneration of bone tissue to anchor implants in place. This can reverse the ageing effects of tooth loss by realigning the jaw and restoring the full shape of the face.
Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic became the first practice in the UK to formally train its dentists in dental implants in 1985 and Dr Jacobs, who took part in the training, became a published author on implants and continues to work at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic today.
Implants permanently fix artificial teeth in the mouth and are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Most patients undergo the procedure comfortably under local anaesthetic but unconscious sedation is available at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic for nervous patients.
Key treatments used in full mouth reconstructions are known as all on four and all on six, where four or six implants are placed around the arch of the mouth. False teeth bridges, which have been designed and manufactured in the Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic dental laboratory, are screwed onto the implants so patients who arrived wearing dentures can walk out the same day with a full set of permanent teeth.
If you suffer from damaged or missing teeth, book a consultation with a prosthodontist at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic and discuss your options.