Prosthodontists have specialized training to work with patients who want to improve the look and/or function of their teeth. Beyond the general training in dental school, prosthodontists are required to complete another three years of formal training in order to receive the designation of prosthodontist. This additional education focuses on training in areas such as fitting and designing dentures, placing dental implants, and helping patients who want porcelain veneers or crowns. If you want or need help in any of these areas then you should make an appointment with a prosthodontist.
You need dentures
If you need dentures a prosthodontist is the most qualified type of dentist to help you through the process. The first step in the process is to get a thorough examination by a prosthodontist to determine if dentures are the best option. If they are, the next step your prosthodontist will take is to design a set of dentures that fit the size and shape of your mouth. The shape, size, and color of the teeth will all impact how they look when you have the dentures in. Getting this part of the process right will make a huge difference in the look of your smile and your face. The other important element of designing your dentures is getting the right fit. A pair of dentures that fit correctly will allow you to talk and eat without pain or fear. Prosthodontists have extensive training on designing and fitting dentures for patients. If you need dentures you have a good reason to go see a prosthodontist.
You need dental implants
Dental implants are another type of procedure for which prosthodontists receive extensive training. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. They are installed into the bone of your jaw and will eventually fuse with the bone. This process creates stability for both the implant and the jawbone. The complexity and importance of placing dental implants makes it a procedure that you should have completed by a prosthodontist.
You need veneers or crowns
Porcelain veneers and crowns are cosmetic dental options that can give you a whiter and more beautiful smile. Both veneers and crowns can cover imperfections on your teeth and reshape your entire smile. These procedures have a big impact on how your teeth look so it is important to choose a dentist with extensive training on the procedure you want completed. Part of the additional training prosthodontists receive is related to the application of porcelain veneers and crowns.
If you need dentures, implants, veneers, or crowns then you have a compelling reason to make an appointment with a prosthodontist. Each of these procedures have the potential to significantly impact how you feel about your smile. Put your smile in the hands of the most qualified professional you can find – a prosthodontist.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.