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Prosthodontic management of oral pathology


Posted on 9/25/2023 by Front Desk
Prosthodontic management of oral pathologyOne of the most interesting procedures conducted by prosthodontists is maxillofacial reconstructions. These maxillofacial-related issues fall under oral pathology. Therefore, oral pathology is a dentistry specialty that involves the identification, nature, and management of diseases affecting the maxillofacial and oral regions. Now, how does oral pathology relate to prosthodontics? Prosthodontists specialize and focus on the restoration and replacement of missing teeth or maxillofacial dislocations. The approach and treatment vary when it comes to the management of oral pathology. Below are illustrations.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)


These are conditions that attack the jaw muscles, nerves, and temporomandibular joints that are associated with headaches and chronic facial pain. Prosthodontists fabricate oral appliances that help relieve the symptoms by providing stability, proper jaw alignment, and reducing grinding.

Oral cancer rehabilitation


This is a process that helps in restoring the ability to eat, speak and swallow after oral cancer treatment. Prosthodontic management helps in the restoration of aesthetics and normal function. During head and neck cancer treatments, aesthetics and oral functions can be altered. Therefore, prosthodontists are needed in the rehabilitation of such patients.

Tooth loss


Among the main specialties of prosthodontists is the tooth replacement procedure. They can recommend fixed dentures or removable dentures or even complete dentures to replace missing teeth in such conditions. They are also equipped with the skills to perform such operations. Their level of expertise is higher than general dentists when it comes to complex operations. Now, management in all those cases is done through extensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of the prosthetics. With the help of dentists, prosthodontists ensure the best possible outcome for oral pathology patients. Our team is not an exception, we are highly equipped with the skill and necessary equipment to perform the above-stated procedures. Good oral health is a call away.
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