Prosthodontist – Specializes in the Esthetic Restoration and Replacement of Teeth
Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Graduate programs in prosthodontics include classroom lectures and seminars, laboratory and clinical training in aesthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, removable complete or partial dentures, dental implants, TMD or jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation.
Prosthodontists are exceptionally skilled in “Creating Generations of Smiles”. Whatever age, you owe it to yourself to see how a specialist in tooth restoration and tooth replacement can help you.
What dental procedures does a prosthodontist perform?
Prosthodontists are the experts in dental rehabilitation and have mastered many procedures including: crowns (caps), bridges, veneers, removable partial dentures, dentures and dental implants. In addition to restoring dental implants, many prosthodontists are trained in surgically placing dental implants as well. You may ask my General Dentist does all of these procedures and on top of that they also do, orthodontics, cosmetic procedures, dental implants etc. When you are being treated by a specialist, whether it is a simple procedure or a more complex treatment, you should be confident that your prosthodontist is a strategic planner and risk assessment specialist, who will have much more control over your treatment, the potential problems are being anticipated and planned for, and you should have more confidence that your prosthesis will look more natural and feel better and will last longer. A prosthodontist works hard to minimize unforeseen complications by spending a lot of time on pre-planning , risk assessment and making a proper diagnosis before writing a treatment plan.
Will the prosthodontist complete all of my required treatment?
The prosthodontist is best viewed as the “architect” of your dental project. S/he has the vision of your final outcome, both the aesthetics of your smile and the improved function of your bite. Often other dental specialists may participate in your treatment to help establish a solid foundation for your restorations. Every prosthodontist develops a treatment plan customized for each individual patient, and s/he will determine if adjunctive procedures by another doctor are necessary.
Why You Need a Prosthodontist?
You need the care of a prosthodontist if:
- You are missing one or more teeth. Especially, if you are told you need more than 5 crowns, you should be treated by a prosthodontist.
- If you don’t know if you need Veneers or Crowns.
- If you have worn teeth.
- If you bite is off and your teeth don’t show much when you smile.
- If you want to be complimented for natural looking teeth and not good looking artificial teeth
- You are interested in dental implants.
- You need complete dentures or removable partial dentures.
- You want to improve the esthetics of your smile.
- If you are unhappy with your previous dental work.
- If you cannot wear your dentures without adhesives.
- If you have partial dentures but you rarely use them, because they hurt or don’t fit.
- If your bite is not right.
- If you have sleep apnea.
- If you jaws hurts.
- If you have many crowns, but they are colorful and their shades don’t match.
- If you have new crowns but the gum around them is always red and bleeding despite the fact that you always brush well.
- If you crowns keep coming off and you have to get them re-cemented frequently.
- If you think your oral health is worth to be treated by a specialist.