What is Prosthodontics?
The term “prostho” means replacement and prosthetic while “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, prosthodontists are THE recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth. While many other dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care.
Prosthodontists expertly restore and replace teeth. They have trained three additional years after completing dental school including advanced-level courses, clinical and laboratory experience, patient care and research. 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. This rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.
Prosthodontists also understand patients’ other unique needs such as:
• Esthetic and cosmetic dental restorations
• Full mouth reconstruction
• Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures like oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
• Traumatic injuries
• Snoring and sleep disorders
• Cleft palate and other congenital conditions that affect the mouth.