Ideally, general dentistry can work to help an individual prevent or resolve any and all oral health issues they may encounter. However, there are sometimes unavoidable or unforeseen situations that can threaten an individual’s oral health, and that require more specialized dentistry procedures. This is where dental specialities come in.
There are nine dental specialities recognized by the American Dental Association, and all nine require additional training beyond dental school. Dentists who are accredited prosthodontists have completed their four years of dental school and have gone on to receive an extra three years of training in an American Dental Association accredited graduate program. Where many dentists can be quite excellent in their field, prosthodontists are often viewed as innovators in the overall dentistry field because they use their additional training and experience to help develop and implement advanced, workable solutions for a wide range of dental needs.
Prosthodontics is the specialized dentistry field that involves the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of a patient’s oral health, appearance, comfort and function as specifically regards the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged teeth. Many prosthodontists are very well trained and experienced in resolving everything from repair of teeth following traumatic injury to creation of new teeth and smiles for those individuals who are born with genetic facial deficits and everything in between. Whether an individual loses teeth through an accident or through the aging process, it can have dramatic and damaging effects on the individual’s life, both physically and emotionally. Regardless of whether they suffer the loss or damage of one or many teeth, many individuals who have lost natural teeth admit that this can be highly embarrassing and quite disastrous for their self-confidence. Fortunately, prosthodontics can provide the individual with a wide variety of options that allow them to restore or replace teeth with as natural-looking an outcome as desired.
Prosthodontists can perform dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, removable partial or full dentures, replacement of lost teeth, repair of cleft palates, replacement of missing teeth and much, much more. If you feel that you are a candidate for prosthodontists, please contact us today.