How does a prosthodontist differ from other dentists and dental specialists?

prosthodontists DFWHas your dentist recommended that you visit a prosthodontist? If so, you might have some questions about what prosthodontists do and the types of services they offer. Prosthodontics is a certified dental specialty. Other dental specialties include orthodontics and endodontics. The core objective of prosthodontics is to restore oral function by replacing lost or damaged teeth with custom prosthetics.

Failing teeth and tooth loss has devastating effects on one’s oral health and quality of life. Since the effects of tooth loss are far-reaching, it is very important to replace failing or lost teeth with prosthetics so that patients can regain oral function and improve their appearance.

What is a prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists specialize in restoring smiles and oral function with prosthetic teeth. In addition to a standard doctor of dental surgery degree, a prosthodontist will receive additional education and training to earn board certification as a specialist. Prosthodontics involves addressing the cosmetic issues and loss of oral function that accompany failing teeth or lost teeth. When replacing lost teeth, our team will work closely with dental technicians to produce custom-made prosthetic teeth that will comfortably restore oral function and appear as natural looking as possible.

What types of treatment does a prosthodontist offer?

A prosthodontist places prosthetics such as crowns and bridges and fits patients for custom full and partial dentures. We also place dental implants and porcelain veneers. When patients are evaluating their tooth replacement options, they come to our office for an expert assessment on which method best suits their needs. In fact, providing tooth loss consultations is a big part of our practice. Patients have many options for replacing teeth and what works for one person may not be the best option for someone else. When helping our patients navigate their prosthetic options, we take one’s oral and general health into account as well as lifestyle factors.

If your dentist has referred you to a prosthodontist or if you are in need of replacement teeth, contact one of our skilled specialists today.