- The science of and art of providing suitable substitutes for the coronal portions of teeth, or for one or more lost or missing teeth and their associated parts, in order that impaired function, appearance, comfort, and health of the patient may be restored. SYN: dental prosthetics, prosthetic dentistry, prosthodontia. [L. prosthodontia, fr. G. prosthesis + odous (odont-), tooth]
* * *prosth·odon·tics .präs-thə-'dänt-iks n pl but sing or pl in constr the dental specialty concerned with the making of artificial replacements for missing parts of the mouth and jaw called also prosthetic dentistry, prosthodontiaprosth·odon·tic -ik adj
* * *n.the branch of dentistry concerned with the provision of denture, bridge, and implant-retained prostheses.
* * *pros·tho·don·tics (pros″tho-donґtiks) [prosthesis + Gr. odous tooth] the branch of dentistry concerned with the restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous tissues with artificial substitutes. Called also dental prosthetics, denture prosthetics, prosthetic dentistry, and prosthodontia.
Medical dictionary. 2011.