What Sets a Prosthodontist Apart from other Dentists?
If you only visit a dentist twice a year, you probably assume all dentists are the same—no matter which office you go to, you’ll come in, you get your teeth cleaned, they repair any cavities, and you’ll be on your way. However, the world of dentistry has several specializations approved by the American Dental Association (ADA), one of which is prosthodontics. This portion of dentistry focuses on crafting replacement teeth. Here’s why patients seeking to replace teeth should seek a prosthodontist instead of just any dentist.
What is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dental professional who specializes in replacing missing teeth by custom designing, manufacturing, and fitting prosthetic teeth into an individual’s smile. This specialty requires dentists to complete an additional two to three more years of study prior to receiving a license to perform procedures as a prosthodontist. Often, this additional education must be completed at a hospital or university accredited by the ADA.
Additionally, many prosthodontists will receive training in implant dentistry, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) therapy, and issues related to trauma to the mouth.
What Can a Prosthodontist Do?
Prosthodontist are experts in crafting restorations that include crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays, and complete and partial dentures. Moreover, many prosthodontists work with dental surgeons to coordinate dental implant placement, ensuring implant posts are placed to effectively receive and support these restorations.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
When teeth are damaged or missing, it is important to preserve the structural integrity of the dental system to ensure teeth maintain function and the esthetics are not compromised. Replacing missing teeth prevents adjacent teeth from shifting over to the space where the missing tooth once occupied.
Furthermore, in combination with dental implants, restorations can completely replace the tooth, from the root to the crown. This is effective in preventing accelerated jaw bone deterioration caused by missing teeth and completely restoring function back to the smile.
Your prosthodontist specializes in coordinating treatment to ensure patients with compromised or missing dentition receive the necessary care to maintain optimal oral health.
Finding the right dentist is important in addressing your dental issues and restoring the function and esthetics of your smile. Call or visit Appleton Prosthodontics and schedule your consultation with Dr. Richard Appleton to discuss the best ways to addressing missing teeth and bring back your smile.