While Australian adults are keeping their teeth for longer, one in three are walking around with untreated tooth decay, while one in four has periodontal disease, according to the latest oral health tracker results.
Then there are the accidental dislodgement of your teeth, or mother nature deciding a sideways toothy look would be great for your particular smile.
By accident or by design, some of us have teeth with gaps, crossovers or even breaks, but rest assured they can be treated and made like new again.
Time to take action
If any of your teeth are missing or damaged, or you have other problems with your mouth or jaw, your dentist may recommend prosthodontics. Repairing worn, damaged or decayed teeth can be achieved by using crowns, fillings and other restorative treatment. Replacing missing teeth can involve implants, bridges and dentures.
What are prostheses
When replacing teeth a dentist will use prostheses such as implants, or rebuild other facial structures, as well as use fixed and removable dental restorations to restore dental appearance and function.
Dentists are able to diagnose, plan and manage treatments using dental prostheses to correct a wide range of oral health problems. They also have a strong focus on reducing the risk of these problems happening again.
How is a prosthodontist different?
A dentist must complete three additional years of education in a graduate program accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) to register as a specialist in prosthodontic treatments.