What is a prosthodontist?
Prosthodontics vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
When it comes to taking care of your teeth beyond the offerings of a general dentist you have a couple of choices. The first choice is to have cosmetic dentistry done. However, you may be surprised to know that cosmetic dentists are simply just general dentists who have taken a few extra courses. If you want someone that specializes in cosmetic dentistry, you need a prosthodontist.
While a cosmetic dentist will only have those extra classes, prosthodontists have three more years of training once they finished dental school. This means that as prosthodontists, we are skilled experts who offer our patients the ultimate in cosmetic dentistry.
Picking A Prosthodontist
It isn't hard to make a decision between a cosmetic dentist or someone experienced in prosthodontics. If you want a professional who will ensure your happiness, you want to pick prosthodontics. A prosthodontist is the best choice for teeth restoration, including crowns, bridges, implants, and other restorative and surgical procedures.
For all of the above, or dentures and veneers, opting for a prosthodontist allows you to put your smile in the hands of someone that has the most extensive training in the dental field. No matter who you choose, take a little time to look into the credentials of your chosen dental professional.
More About Prosthodontics
There are a total of nine dental specialties that are recognized by the America Dental Association (ADA), and prosthodontics is one of them. For people needing restorative procedures there really is no better choice in specialty.
As prosthodontists, we offer you a higher level of care for your teeth and your smile. We can repair past treatments that have affected your smile or mouth negatively. We offer treatments that can fix abnormalities in the jaw, as well as cases of congenital disorder. Our restorative care works with all the features of the mouth, from teeth and gums to jaw bone structure.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses more on restoring teeth themselves without getting as deep into the physiology of the mouth. You may feel that you get a more comprehensive treatment if you work with a prosthodontist. We work to help you understand what improvements can help your mouth; we are often referred to as architects when it comes to dental restoration. While some dental professionals are unable to help those who have already lost all their teeth, the prosthodontist can come up with a plan to change their lives.
This type of treatment can come with a higher price tag than some, but we offer proven results to you, the patient, with the best treatments. Through prosthodontics we don't just work to make your smile look better; these treatments offer functionality, aesthetics and longevity to ensure that our work will make you smile for years to come.
While dental veneers, dental implants, and other bonded restorations are considered cosmetic dentistry, they too can be completed in our office. These types of services can help people with broken, unattractive or discolored teeth.
Some of the more complicated procedures that are offered by prosthodontics include Ceramic and Metal Ceramic Dental Crowns which are prosthetic teeth that are designed to repair damaged teeth; dental bridges, which are a choice in prosthodontic restorations that are designed to treat missing teeth; and full mouth dentures or implants, including tooth-supported or implant-supported tooth replacements.
If you need cosmetic dentistry and you want it done well, please contact our prosthodontic office to schedule an evaluation. We'll help get you smiling again through the use of our extensive experience and expertise that helps to restore the health of patients' mouths every day.
What Our Patients Are Saying About Us
"Best dentist ever, by far! Board Certified Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. Faculty at UTSD; Clinical Consultant for Texas Children's Hospital Dept of Plastic Surgery; and he still has time to do General Dentistry. Wow!" - Renee P.