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What is Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth. They have advanced training and work at the highest level to provide the best treatment available. They typically use crowns, bridges, partial and complete dentures, veneers and bonding, dental implants, and maxillofacial prostheses. These are the procedures used, but what really sets prosthodontists apart is the diagnostic part of treatment. They are uniquely trained to apply basic fundamentals to complex problems. Prosthodontists serve as the ‘architects’ of the dental treatment plan as they provide the diagnosis and proposed restorative plan to achieve the patient’s goals. They coordinate your desired treatment with your general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to your dental concerns.
Who is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive two or three years of additional training after dental school, and restore optimum appearance and function to your smile. Additional training for prosthodontists is earned through a hospital- or university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association. The training includes reviews of the literature, lectures, treatment of patients and laboratory experience in fabricating restorations. A prosthodontist is the skilled architect who can restore optimum function and appearance to your smile.
What Does a Prosthodontist Do?
Just as your regular dentist would refer you to see an orthodontist if you need your teeth aligned—such as if you need braces or a retainer—your regular dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist if you need tooth restoration procedures to be done. He will also refer you to a prosthodontist if you want certain types of cosmetic procedures.
A prosthodontist, also called a prosthodontic dentist, is a highly trained dental specialist in the area of dental restoration. After attending dental college and obtaining a dental degree and license to practice dentistry, anyone wishing to become a prosthodontist must attend another three years of rigorous study. During these three years, prosthodontists study the anatomy of the head and neck and esthetics, which relates to cosmetic procedures. They also learn about the various materials used in prosthodontics—the types of implants and crowns and so forth—and occlusion, or bite. Gaining a good understanding of all of these factors is essential to becoming a skilled prosthodontist.
Prosthodontists offer their specialized skills in diagnosing, treating, rehabilitating and maintaining oral function as well as esthetics in patients. They also care for any clinical conditions that may be associated with damaged or missing teeth and maxillo-facial tissue that has become compromised. Prosthodontists treat several different dental problems that require special techniques and procedures. These include:
Replacement of Lost Teeth – Prosthodontists can replace teeth using several different options. Full or partial dentures are one option for replacing teeth that may have been lost due to decay, periodontal disease or injury. Dentures can provide the patient with the ability to eat, talk and help to support the facial muscles, preventing them from shrinking inward. Bridges are used when a gap needs to be filled in between teeth. They also help to keep the facial muscles supported and can correct the patient’s bite. For a more permanent solution, dental implants offer the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are permanently positioned into the jawbone to provide stability while eating and speaking. Whether one tooth needs replacing or several, a Prosthodontist can provide a suitable dental treatment to restore the function of teeth and create a beautiful smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry – Patients who suffer from broken, misshaped or discolored teeth can also benefit from the skills of a Prosthodontist. Procedures may include placing crowns on teeth, using bonding techniques to correct misshaped teeth or close gaps, veneers to conceal defects or bleaching procedures to brighten teeth.
Complex Dentistry – Prosthodontists often treat patients who have suffered a traumatic injury or were born with an oral deformity. By using their specialized skills, they can restore smiles or create new smiles. They also are trained to treat special needs of geriatric patients and patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) and snoring and sleep disorders.
Whether electing to have dental work done by a Prosthodontist or you have been referred to one, these dentists are the best in treating conditions that require restorative or replacement procedures. In the field of dentistry, they are known as the architects of the mouth. Using their precision and expertise, Prosthodontists have the ability to recreate teeth so they function properly as well as offer a great smile.
Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.
Today’s advanced techniques and materials can make a real difference. And the skill, experience and commitment of our practice — using a unique combination of science and artistry — can literally redesign your smile.
Drs. Halmos and Manning are able to correct a wide variety of so-called “permanent” dental problems:
- Missing teeth, gaps between teeth, general bite dysfunction
- Chipped, cracked or worn teeth
- Unsightly, stained, or washed-out fillings
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Crooked or crowded teeth