Prosthetic Dentistry

Prosthetic dentistry is the process of replacing or reconstructing failed or missing teeth with natural appearing restorations. Dr. Brendan Hallissey and Dr. Stephen Swallow are specialists serving the Portsmouth/Kittery area; they can help you in a number of ways, from creating partial plates or dentures to permanently attaching the replacement teeth to adjacent natural teeth or to artificial “roots” implanted in the jaw.

Prosthetic dentistry is a specialty that has seen dramatic advancement in recent years. In fact, it is now possible to support an entire set of natural teeth on implants, although usually just one or more teeth are involved. Tooth replacement is indicated for functional and cosmetic reasons, to preserve the supporting gum and bone, and to maintain the positioning of other teeth.

The Center for Restorative Dentistry specializes in prosthetic dentistry, a discipline that requires that the dentist understand a patient’s whole mouth before recommending treatment. Dr. Hallissey and Dr. Swallow are concerned not just about the health of individual teeth, but also about the gums and bones that support them and the joints and muscles in your jaw that are susceptible to stress and pain if they are not functioning properly. A healthy mouth is one that will enhance the appearance of your teeth — both natural and implants — and keep them healthy and attractive in the future.

Did you know?

A dental implant preserves natural supporting bone just as a healthy natural tooth does.