What is a Prosthodontist?

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Prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth – they make smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. After completing four years of dental school, Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialized training in an American dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA.


Replacing Lost Teeth

Loss of natural teeth, whether in an accident or as part of the aging process, can be traumatic and affect your outlook on life. Simple pleasures, like smiling or going out to eat – become a source of stress or embarrassment. With the help of a prosthodontist, there are many options, if you have lost some or all of your teeth.

Crowns, bridges, and full or partial dentures are just some of the procedures that can help regain your smile and self-confidence.


Complex Care Management

Prosthodontists are trained to manage the most complex dental restorations. From patients requiring rehabilitation after a traumatic injury to creating new smiles for those born with genetic facial deficits, prosthodontists have the special skills needed to restore smiles to the best they can be.


Cosmetic Dentistry

A healthy smile has a positive impact on self-esteem. If you are unhappy with the look of your smile, you may want to consult a prosthodontist.

With their advanced training, prosthodontists can improve your appearance by fixing broken, discolored or misshapen teeth and associated structures. Some of the procedures that can improve your smile are:

  • Placing complete ceramic crowns onto teeth
  • Using bonding technology on a tooth’s surface to change its shape or close unwanted gaps
  • Placing veneers to conceal scratches
  • Bleaching discolored teeth to whiten and brighten a smile


The Benefits of Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of formal training beyond dental school.

If you are in the market for cosmetic or reconstructive dental work, you should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care.

Prosthodontists are recognized by the ADA as specialists that can administer these types of procedures:

  • Dental implants
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Complex care management involving multiple specialists
  • Complete and removable partial dentures
  • Replacing lost teeth
  • Special needs of geriatric patients
  • Children born with cleft palate or missing teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome/disorder
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Snoring and sleep disorders
  • Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care


Posted: Wednesday June 29, 2016