This week is a time when we like to bring awareness to our dental specialty and educate people on what prosthodontists do. We often have patients that are referred to us by their family dentist and other dental specialists. They may wonder, why did my dentist refer me to a prosthodontist?
This is a common question that we hear a lot! First of all, it is important to understand what a prosthodontist is. A prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed at least 3 additional years of advanced training. They specialize in the restoration of tooth and jaw structure and are considered experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. Prosthodontists are highly trained in crowns, dental implants, dentures, bridges, and cosmetics. Prosthodontists are the team leaders who work alongside your family dentist and other dental professionals to help provide the best results possible when it comes to your oral health.
Your family dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist for a number of reasons. Some common reasons are:
- Adjust your bite (open your bite)
- Replace missing, cracked, or worn teeth (dental implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers)
- Get all new teeth in 1 day
- Tooth related medical conditions
- Uncontrolled tooth decay (high rate of cavities)
- Tipped, rotated, or malpositioned teeth
- Restoring existing, older dental implants
- Severe advanced periodontal disease
- Restoring a tooth after a root canal
- Treatment following a cancer diagnosis