Prosthodontics is an area of dentistry involving cosmetic and implant procedures. According to the American Dentistry Association, it is “the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.” Some prosthodontic procedures would include the following:
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
- Porcelain veneers
- Full mouth reconstruction
How a Prosthodontist
Can Help You
A Prosthodontist is specially trained to provide a different level of dental services to patients. Often times the Prosthodontist will repair any dental treatments that did not go as planned and had a negative impact on the patients’ smile or mouth.
Your Prosthodontist will work one-on-one with you to find a treatment plan that works for you. It is important to understand that there is no cookie-cutter dental treatment that can fix all dental abnormalities and no one treatment that works the same for each patient.
Your dental provider will take a look at your teeth and then map out a comprehensive plan that will fix any broken or misshapen teeth, replace any lost teeth, and restructure your mouth to look beautiful.
Types of Prosthodontic Treatments
When it comes to Prosthodontic treatments, the main focus in on restoring your teeth, smile, and the esthetics of your teeth. There are a number of different treatment options to choose from and each one works differently for each patient. Let’s take a look at some of the treatments:
1. Dental Veneers
Veneers are a form of restoration that is used to create a bright, white smile for those who have broken, cracked, and misshapen teeth. The veneer is adhered to the tooth and becomes a permanent solution for any type of discoloration or other dental flaw.
The dental veneer is able to be applied to any of your teeth and create a smooth texture that allows you to feel confident about your smile once again.
2. Reconstructive Dentistry
Reconstructive options are more detailed and in depth than the veneers. Often, when you undergo a reconstructive procedure, you will receive dental implants, dentures, crowns, or another option. Of course, this type of procedure is more expensive than some of the other options, but it is a permanent, lasting treatment.
The purpose behind reconstructive dentistry is to restore your smile again and help you feel confident and proud. Many patients who have reconstructive dentistry performed are happy with the results they receive.
The dental implant procedure is the most common of all and is when small metal rods are surgically implanted into the jaw where teeth are missing. You can have a single implant or multiple implants. Of course, you need to have bone in your jaw for the procedure to be performed and once the rods are implanted, the jaw needs time to heal. After the healing process, crowns will be affixed to the rods/posts.
Dentures are another option that is used when implants are not the right choice for the patient. This option is ideal for anyone who is missing all of their teeth or someone who needs to have their teeth pulled. The dentures are fitted to your mouth for comfort and dentures made today do not slip or irritate your gums.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. The bridge is an alternative option to implants and the bridge itself is held in place by your surrounding teeth. Sometimes, if you have enough jaw bone, you can have an implant supported bridge placed in your mouth. If you have a traditional bridge placed in your mouth, you can remove it as needed.
Do I Need to See a Prosthodontist?
If you want to restore your beautiful smile then yes, you need to see one. Prosthodontists are specially trained to help you restore your smile and they can do more for you than a traditional general dentist.
You will find that your Prosthodontist is able to work with you whether you have had trauma that occurred to your teeth, a genetic issue, or severely damaged teeth for other reasons. In addition, many Prosthodontists are able to help when it comes to TMJ and sleep apnea.
What Can I Expect at My Appointment?
When you go in for your first appointment with your Prosthodontist, you will be asked a series of questions related to your dental history. You need to answer these questions as correctly as possible to ensure your dental provider can deliver the best care to you.
In addition, you will have x-rays taken and Dr. Steve S. Kim, may look at your teeth to get an idea of what he or she is working with. Once the Prosthodontist has seen your teeth and gone over your dental history, he or she will formulate a dental plan that works for you. You and your dentist will have the opportunity to look over the recommended treatments together. This is the time for you to ask questions and gain a better understanding of what is going on.
Improve Your Smile Today
If you are afraid to smile out in public or you are too nervous to allow your friends and family to see your teeth, you will benefit from working with a Prosthodontist. It is important that you consider all of your options before you settle on one as one treatment may be better than the next.
In addition, make sure that you ask a bunch of questions to understand what your new smile entails. Often, dentists are able to show you a model or picture of what your teeth may look like after the procedures are completed.
Don’t hesitate any longer and give us a call today to start talking about restorative dentistry! We can’t wait to see you smile again.