A prosthodontist is a dentist who has invested years in additional dental training. The additional training that prosthodontists receive is focused on improving the function and appearance of patients’ teeth. If you are looking for a dentist, you should consider a prosthodontist. Three ways a prosthodontist can help you is with dentures, dental implants, and cosmetic procedures such as veneers and crowns.
Prosthodontists receive extensive training in the processes of designing and fitting dentures. The process of designing dentures can make the difference between dentures that look artificial and those that look natural. A prosthodontist will look at your face, jawline, and a number of other elements to determine the size, shape, and shade of your dentures. Careful consideration of these factors will help your prosthodontist create a set of dentures that look natural when you have them in. The second element of the denture creation process is fit. Ill-fitting dentures can be painful and make it impossible to do everyday tasks like eating and talking. Prosthodontists are experts at fitting dentures and will provide you with a set that fit and function properly.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that impact the way your teeth look and function. Prosthodontists receive extensive training on assessing patients for dental implants. The process of determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants is involved. The condition of your gums, jawbone, and other teeth all impact whether dental implants will work for you. Prosthodontists are also trained in placing dental implants. The fact that dental implants are permanent should inspire you to have them placed by a dentist with the highest level of training available.
Porcelain veneers and crowns
Porcelain veneers and crowns are cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the look of your smile in a number of ways. They can hide stains that are below the surface of your teeth. Veneers and crowns can also cover damage such as chips and cracks. If you are unhappy with the shape or spacing of your teeth, veneers and crowns can potentially provide a solution. These cosmetic procedures have a direct impact on the way that your teeth look. Prosthodontists get additional training in the process of creating and placing veneers and crowns. If you are considering one of these cosmetic procedures to improve the look of your smile, seek out the help of a prosthodontist.
A prosthodontist can help improve the function and appearance of your teeth. Few dentists take the extra steps required to become a prosthodontist. If you are looking for a dentist who has extensive training and experience with any of the dental procedures mentioned above, consider a prosthodontist. In the Gettysburg, PA area Dr. Julie C. Berger is a prosthodontist who can help you with a long list of dental needs. You can learn more about Dr. Berger on the Samuels Dental Arts website.
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.