What is a Prosthodontist?
You might be asking yourself this question, especially if your dentist refers you to one. The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, Prosthodontists are the recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This could be as simple as a single crown or as complicated as replacing all teeth in the mouth with implants and crowns, this is termed full-mouth rehabilitation.
But my general dentist said they can do all those same things, why should I go to a prosthodontist?
The difference comes in because Prosthodontists expertly and aesthetically restore and replace teeth. They have trained 3 additional years after completing dental school. Prosthodontists are also considered the “quarterback” of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs.
You mentioned aesthetics in the previous paragraph…my current dentist is an aesthetic dentist; does that mean he is a prosthodontist as well?
No it does not. Prosthodontics is one of nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. An aesthetic dentist is not a specialty and is not recognized by the ADA. They typically have not had any extra training to call themselves aesthetic dentists. Prosthodontics is the only dental specialty that deals in aesthetics.
What else can a prosthodontist treat?
A Prosthodontist can treat any dental disease just as a general dentist can. This can include but limited to dental cries, periodontal disease, bad breath, discolored teeth. In addition to the everyday problems that patients have a Prosthodontist also understands patients’ unique needs such as:
- Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
- TMD, TMJ or other jaw joint problems
- Traumatic injuries
- Snoring and sleep disorders
- Cleft palate and other congenital conditions that affect the mouth.
Rigorous training and experience provide Prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth. At Dental365, we have a full array of dental specialists that can fulfill your needs, including Prosthodontists. To schedule an appointment with one of our prosthodontists, give us a call today at 844-365-DENTAL to reach the Dental365 location nearest you. Our friendly staff members will get you into the office quickly and on the way to a happier, healthier you.