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While many people do not consider losing a tooth to be critical, especially if it is not one of their front teeth, the long term consequences of tooth loss can be quite serious. If your teeth get lost, your remaining teeth will be jeopardized as a result. Beside the cosmetic effects as when a missing tooth shows as you smile or your face appears gaunt due to lack of cheek support, other negative consequences emerge: malocclusion, periodontal problems, hypereruption, speech defects, fillings lost from or fracture of your remaining teeth and TMJ problems among others. These difficulties can have real and adverse consequences on the quality of your life.
Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the replacement of missing teeth and related mouth or jaw structures by bridges, dentures, or other artificial devices. There are different types of dental prosthesis, removable ones (“dentures”) or fixed ones (on teeth or implants).
Planning, manufacturing and incorporation of dental prosthesis requires a close collaboration between the dentist and the dental lab technician.