Have you suffered from a facial injury that has affected the appearance and/or health of your smile? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans of all ages have dental health issues as a result of traumatic injuries. Whether you’ve sustained a minor chip or lost several permanent teeth due to your injury, an experienced prosthodontist can help.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dental healthcare provider with specialized training and experience in complex oral health conditions, particularly those that involve tooth restoration and replacement. In other words, individuals with missing or damaged teeth can visit a prosthodontist to get specialized, customized treatment and restore the functionality and appearance of their teeth.
How are prosthodontists different from regular dentists?
Prosthodontists are dentists. They have completed the same educational requirements and training to diagnose and treat dental health issues and help patients maintain the health of their teeth. However, in addition to completing dental school, prosthodontists also undergo an additional three years of extensive training through an accredited graduate program.
The training required to become a prosthodontist focuses specifically on the treatment of missing or damaged teeth and/or jaw structures. This can be important with dental trauma because, oftentimes, more than the tooth is affected by the accident. Occasionally additional structures, such as the gum tissue or bone around the tooth, may be impacted or lost as a result of the traumatic incident and require replacement as well. Moreso, sometimes the occlusion, or the way the teeth come together when you bite, can be impacted. Prosthodontists are uniquely qualified to treat these issues.
Benefits of choosing a prosthodontist after a traumatic dental injury
No matter the extent of the trauma – from a chipped or cracked tooth to multiple missing teeth to dental pain that won’t subside – an experienced prosthodontist can help you find the right treatment plan.
Here are a few of the benefits of choosing a prosthodontist after a traumatic dental injury:
As specialists, prosthodontists have extensive training in issues related to damaged and missing teeth. The additional three years of required education give prosthodontists significant knowledge and expertise in these issues.
When you visit a prosthodontist, especially after suffering an injury, you can rest assured that your provider has in-depth knowledge of your situation, and will be well-versed in all potential treatment options to help you restore your smile and health.
Experience with complex dental issues
While training is an important consideration when choosing a dental healthcare provider, real-world experience is also invaluable. Prosthodontists don’t just have the expertise that comes with formal education. They also work with injured, damaged, and missing teeth every single day.
This type of real-world experience offers a unique perspective and comprehensive understanding of these injuries and subsequent treatment plans, as well as techniques that minimize discomfort and ensure long-lasting results.
Specialized care requires specialized technology and ongoing study. That’s why a good prosthodontist will be able to offer you the most advanced dental implants and restorative technology on the market.
For example, if you need tooth/teeth replacement after a severe injury, Advanced Dentistry can offer you full restorative treatment with the All-on-4 implant system. These high-tech implants act as a modern, permanent alternative to traditional dentures. Not only are they natural-looking and function like natural teeth, they also act as a durable foundation for the jaw bone. This ensures that, in addition to an attractive smile, you’ll also see long-term health benefits related to the functionality of your teeth and jaw.
A holistic approach
When it comes to treating dental issues, it’s vital to take a comprehensive approach that addresses all aspects of oral health and appearance. That’s why Advanced Dentistry takes an individualized approach to treatment.
We take the time to understand your specific needs and goals. We also screen for potential underlying issues that may contribute to your concerns. We’ve developed an interdisciplinary team of experts including periodontists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, lab technicians, and master ceramists to ensure that you get the best and most comprehensive treatment possible.
Have you suffered a traumatic dental injury? Advanced Dentistry is here to help!
At Advanced Dentistry, we care deeply about providing all of our patients with the personalized, quality care they deserve. Our compassionate team is ready to help you achieve a beautiful smile and restore your dental health no matter your concern.