Cosmetic Prosthodontic Treatment
Towson, MD

A woman smiling after receiving cosmetic prosthodontic treatment at Keith A. Boenning, DDS in Towson, MDYour teeth play many important roles in your mouth. Many of these roles are functional. Your teeth help you to bite and chew your food, enabling you to digest what you eat and effectively absorb nutrients. Your teeth help you to say a wide variety of sounds and words so that you can speak properly. They also help to maintain the health of your jawbone. In addition to these functional purposes, your teeth also serve a very important aesthetic role. They are a critical component in the quality of your smile and your confidence. If your teeth have been damaged or are missing, Keith A. Boenning, DDS can help with cosmetic prosthodontic treatment.

What is Prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA. This specialty focuses on restoring damaged teeth as well as providing replacements for missing teeth. As prosthodontists, we attend four years of dental school. After those four years, we continue to an additional 2 to 3 years of schooling, lectures, and hands-on training with real patients. Our goal is to restore your oral health and the proper function of your teeth, as well as restore the beauty of your smile.

Treatment for Damaged Teeth

Damaged teeth can have a significant impact on your oral health. Cracks and chips can worsen over time without treatment. This type of damage can also affect the inner layers of your teeth, allowing bacteria to get inside. When this happens, you could be faced with a painful tooth infection. Bacteria can also enter into your bloodstream, where they can travel throughout your body and cause serious health effects. In addition to affecting your oral health, tooth damage can have a significant impact on the appearance of your smile, and your confidence.

There are several treatments that we can provide to restore the health of your mouth and the appearance of your smile. Common cosmetic prosthodontic treatments for damaged teeth include:
•  Dental bonding. Dental bonding using composite resin to correct the appearance of minor flaws in your teeth.
•  Porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like restorations that are made to restore the appearance of teeth affected by minor flaws. Porcelain mimics the properties of your natural teeth. It can be stained to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth and reflects light just like natural tooth enamel. These restorations are bonded to the front surfaces of damaged teeth, effectively covering over flaws and giving you back your beautiful smile.
•  Ceramic crowns. Ceramic crowns are cap-like restorations that are designed to restore teeth affected by more significant damage. These restorations cover the entire visible surface of a damaged tooth, preventing further damage as well as infections, while also restoring strength so the tooth can function normally. Ceramic can be stained to perfectly match the color of your real teeth and reflects light just like your tooth enamel, providing you with a seamless restoration.

Replacing Missing Teeth

In addition to restoring damaged teeth, Prosthodontists are also experts in replacing missing teeth. When you are missing teeth, your entire life is affected. It becomes difficult to bite and chew, which can affect your overall health. Your speech suffers. Your teeth begin to shift out of alignment, which alters your bite and leads to issues like bruxism and TMJ. Tooth loss also significantly impacts the quality of your smile, leaving you feeling incredibly self-conscious.

Options for Tooth Replacement

We provide several options for replacing missing teeth that restore your oral health, the functions of your missing teeth, and the appearance of your smile.
•  Porcelain bridges. A porcelain bridge is a common restoration used to replace a single missing tooth. Fixed bridges are the most commonly used types of bridges, consisting of a replacement tooth with a dental crown on each side. The crowns anchor the bridge into place on the adjacent healthy teeth.
•  Full and partial dentures. Full and partial dentures are removable prosthetic teeth. They consist of acrylic resin teeth set in a gum colored acrylic base. The base sits directly on your gums. Dentures today provide a much more realistic restoration.
•  Dental implants. Dental implants are the modern solution for tooth replacement. Titanium posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. These posts become the roots that hold ceramic crowns securely into place, providing you with a completely natural restoration to your smile.

If you have any questions about restoring not only the health of your mouth but the beauty of your smile, we can help. Call Keith A. Boenning, DDS at (410) 828-1717 to schedule your consultation today.
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