Why go to a Prosthodontist?

On February 2, 2011, in Blog, Prosthodontic Technology, by Harold Gulbransen

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 00:18

Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontists are experts in the restoration of natural teeth or the replacement of missing teeth and adjacent oral and facial tissues with artificial substitutes.  Prosthodontic treatment may include the use of removable partial or full dentures, caps, crowns, bridges, implant anchored restorations, or combinations of the above.

After completing 4 years of dental school, prosthodontists receive an additional 2-3 years of intense specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program based either at a hospital or a university.  This advanced training includes reviews of the literature, lectures, and treatment of patients.  Prosthodontists are also trained in the hands-on technical aspects of laboratory fabrication of complex dental prosthetics and complex restoration of dental and facial esthetics.  Prosthodontists have a comprehensive knowledge of dental materials and techniques, insuring both function and esthetics when it comes to your treatment.

I like to think of the prosthodontist as the ‘quarterback’ of your dental restorative team. Prosthodontists take a whole-mouth approach to your dental care.  They supervise your treatment from your initial consultations to your follow-up care after treatment.  It is your prosthodontist who interacts with other dentists, specialists and technicians to coordinate your dental treatment plan.

Whether your care requires single crowns, fillings, veneers, dental bridges, dentures or complex implant restorations, you can be assured that you are receiving state-of-the-art dentistry from your prosthodontist, who is dedicated to the highest standards of care in restoration and replacement of teeth.


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