Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics services offered in West Des Moines, IA

When you need to replace part or all of a tooth, prosthodontics offers a range of solutions. This is an area of specialty for Colin Odland, DDS, Ryan Langel, DDS, Jeremy Flinkman, DDS, and the rest of the team at Westgate Dental in West Des Moines, Iowa. If you have questions about which prosthodontics options are right for you, call the office today or spend a few moments on the online booking page to set up a consultation.

What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on using synthetic materials to repair or replace your natural teeth. Dentists who specialize in prosthodontics go through advanced training in treatment planning as well as how to create durable and natural-looking restorations. 

Thanks to advancements in dental technology, there has never been a greater choice when it comes to prosthodontic treatments. There are options to address every set of needs, from the most simple to incredibly complex. The coloring and finish of modern prosthodontics make these treatments virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth tissue. 

What are some dental issues that could benefit from prosthodontic treatment?

Prosthodontic treatments are a good fit for a number of different conditions. Some of the issues that bring people in for prosthodontic care include:

  • Advanced decay
  • Traumatic injury
  • Pain in the face or mouth
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
  • Occlusal disease
  • Missing teeth

What kinds of prosthodontic treatments are available?

Westlake Dental offers many different types of prosthodontic treatments, each designed to align perfectly with your needs and aesthetic goals. 

Inlays and onlays

These treatments offer a good approach to dental decay that is too advanced for a traditional filling but not advanced enough to necessitate a full dental crown. The restorations fit into the prepared cavity like a puzzle piece. 

Dental crowns

A crown acts as an artificial cover for all visible areas of a tooth. Once your dentist prepares the tooth, they cement a custom crown into place, restoring the appearance and function of the tooth while preserving the root. 

Dental bridges

A dental bridge consists of one or more false teeth held in place by a dental crown on either side. Bridges are a durable and affordable option for replacing missing teeth. 

Dental implants

Implants replace your tooth root with an implanted post, and replace the visible portion of your tooth with an artificial crown. They also preserve bone health, reducing the risk of additional tooth loss.

Dentures

Dentures are removable dental devices that replace some or all of your natural teeth. Today’s dentures are more comfortable and durable than those of decades past. 

Dental veneers

Veneers cover the visible portion of your natural teeth with thin ceramic or porcelain shells. This cosmetic treatment can transform a smile in just a few short visits. 

To explore prosthodontic treatments in greater detail, call or click to schedule a visit at your earliest convenience. 

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