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Dr. Kennedy Prosthodontics is the field of tooth restoration and replacement. Injury, disease and simple aging can cause loss of teeth. Prosthodontics presents a variety of options to fix problem teeth, or replace them altogether. Crowns act as splints, holding together weakened, damaged or recently treated teeth. They cover the whole tooth, starting at the gum line. Bridges consist of a fake tooth sitting in place of the missing one. They are anchored to stable teeth on either side. Veneers are thin ceramic shells bonded to the front of the teeth to cover gaps, chips or stains. Dental implants are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. They are embedded into the gum or bone which then grows around the implant, allowing it to eventually function as a normal tooth. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are partial, as in cases where one or some of the teeth are missing, or complete, when all of the teeth are missing. Prosthodontics also deals with reconstruction after injury or oral cancer, as well as with problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and with snoring.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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