Prosthodontic treatments are complex and meticulous. Though it is up to the prosthodontist to provide treatment that is functional and aesthetically pleasing, it is up to the patient to ensure the final result lasts as long as it is designed to. Like natural teeth and gums, dental prosthetics require ongoing care to safeguard them against discoloration, damage and premature wear. Did you know… Did you know that right now, approximately 15 million people in America have one or more crowns and bridges to replace missing teeth? An estimated 3 million people have dental implants, which represent the fastest growing tooth replacement option in the U.S. In fact, a half million people get dental implants every year and enjoy a success rate of 98 percent. (more…)
Because prosthodontists specialize in the replacement and restoration of the teeth, patients are often referred to them by general dentists or other oral health specialists, such as a periodontist. A prosthodontist carries out complex treatment plans that require accurate diagnostics and exact pre-treatment planning. The diagnostic process guarantees complete precision during the treatment phase, ensuring that patients achieve complication-free results. Did you know… that prosthodontists work closely with other dental specialists to reconstruct their patients’ smiles? There are many reasons that patients require the expertise of a prosthodontist, whether to restore deteriorated teeth, repair mouth traumas, or even provide cosmetic oral enhancements. Frequently Asked Questions What types of conditions can a prosthodontist diagnose? Prosthodontists have a broad understanding of many conditions that affect the mouth and surrounding tissues. You may be referred to a prosthodontist for a diagnostic work up if you have problems such as TMJ, severe snoring, or sleep apnea. A prosthodontist may also treat you if you need reconstructive oral surgery due to oral deterioration or treatment for oral cancer. How will I receive a prosthodontic diagnosis? Prosthodontists have a wide array of tools available that are capable of diagnosing even the most complex conditions. From traditional x-rays and visual examinations to highly advanced digital oral mapping and oral cancer screening technology, your prosthodontist’s goal is to identify the cause of oral deterioration and develop the most effective treatment plan to prevent its progression, restore oral function and aesthetics, and prevent future recurrences of the disease. How do I know if I should visit a prosthodontist for a diagnostic appointment? Prosthodontists specialize in esthetic and reconstructive dentistry. You may benefit from a diagnostic appointment if you want to improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile, have damaged teeth, have missing teeth, are interested in dental implants, experience difficulty when chewing, wear dentures, or need a total mouth makeover/reconstruction. Contact our office today for more information and to schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms.