Everything you need to know about modern prosthodontics
Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with replacing and repairing broken or missing teeth. Prosthodontics has come a long way in the past couple years, but it has also gotten a bit more complex with new technology. Here are a few of the questions we hear the most from patients new to prosthodontics services.
Frequently Asked Questions about Prosthodontics
Why see a prosthodontist? The American College of prosthodontists defines a prosthodontist as “a specialist in the dental field of diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, and appearance”. This means that a prosthodontist can repair chipped or cracked teeth, replace missing teeth, and almost anything else relating to fixing your damaged teeth. If you have damaged or missing teeth, a prosthodontist can help.
What makes a prosthodontist different? A prosthodontist is a dentist with a degree in dentistry (a DDS or a DMD) who has finished dental school just like any other dentist. The difference is that a prosthodontist then completes 2 or more years of schooling with a concentration in prosthodontics. This extra education focuses on the repair and treatment of damaged or missing teeth, making prosthodontists the undisputed expert on treating those conditions in the dental world.
What are my prosthodontic options? There are many options available to you, depending on what your prosthodontic needs are. For damaged teeth, most prosthodontists will repair them with crowns or veneers, or replace them with dental implants. For just a few missing teeth, most prosthodontists will decide between implants and partial dentures, depending on the circumstances. For many missing teeth, prosthodontists may provide options for dentures or implant-supported dentures.
How do I prepare for treatment? The best way to prepare for prosthodontic treatment is to ask questions and be prepared for treatment. Prosthodontists are trained in making sure their patients are relaxed and calm for their treatment, but they also have several aids that can help, including anesthetics and well-trained staff.
How can I keep my teeth healthy after my treatment? How to keep your teeth healthy after treatment changes based on your treatment. As a general rule, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, avoiding a high-sugar diet, and avoiding tobacco. Make sure you also have regular follow-up appointments with your hygienist and prosthodontist so they can keep up with oral cancer screenings and address any issues within the mouth.
If you have any more questions about prosthodontics, don’t hesitate to call Reconstructive Dentistry. We would love to help you with any questions your have.