After their general dentistry training, prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialty training in an accredited graduate program offered by the American Dental Association.
Prosthodontists specialize in procedures and techniques to restore a person’s smile. Many people don’t realize how important maintaining their smile and teeth is to their self-esteem and confidence, and overall physical health. “Tooth loss creates both esthetic and functional problems” (ACP). “Simple pleasures – like smiling or going out to eat – become a source of stress or embarrassment” (University of Michigan).
The Role of the Prosthodontist
For many dental restorations, the prosthodontist is considered the “quarterback” of the dental planning process. While many general dentists can provide many of the basics in restorative dental care, there are cases where the expertise of a specialist can mean the difference between a successful result and an exceptional result.
“Prosthodontists are trained to manage the most complex dental restorations. From patients requiring rehabilitation after a traumatic injury to creating new smiles for those born with genetic facial deficits…” (University of Michigan).
Your prosthodontist is able to provide the following treatments (adapted from University of Michigan):
- Dental implants
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Complete and removable partial dentures
- Special needs of geriatric patients
- Cleft lip/palate
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome/disorder (TMD)
- Traumatic injuries
- Snoring and sleep disorders
- Maxillofacial prosthetic treatment such as oral cancer reconstruction
Prosthodontist receive extensive training in veneers, crowns/caps, bridges, managing/treating extensive decay and/or periodontal disease, and dental implant placement. The goal of the prosthodontic treatment is to take advantage of state-of-the-art techniques to provide the most natural-looking restoration possible, thereby restoring self-esteem and confidence along with overall oral health.
Your Dental Treatment Team
As the “quarterback” of the dental treatment team, a prosthodontist must coordinate treatment needs and timing with other dentists and dental specialists. For most patients, the dental treatment team coordinates through phone calls, letters and emails because the various members of the team are in different locations, which also means that patients have to travel to different offices to have their treatment completed.
Wellesley Dental Arts, in Wellesely, Massachusetts, has brought together a highly-trained team of dental experts and specialists in one convenient location, which allows them to streamline treatment plans that require the input of more than one or more dental practitioner. When you need dental treatment, it’s always handy to have the dental specialties you need right at your fingertips. That’s the advantage of Wellesley Dental Arts.
Don’t settle for anything but the best for your smile!
- Definitions of Recognized Dental Specialties, American Dental Association
- What is a Prosthodontist?,University of Michigan School of Dentistry
- Prosthodontics Resources and Dental Information, American College of Prosthodontists
- Improve Your Smile, American College of Prosthodontists
- Dental treatments provided by the Prosthodontist, Association of Prosthodontists of Canada