MANY OF OUR PATIENTS come to us with the same questions about dental implants and prosthodontics, so this blog post will be for your frequently asked questions!
What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the design, manufacture, and placement of dental prostheses. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has received advanced training in prosthodontics.
What training does a prosthodontist need?
Prosthodontists like ours are required to complete an additional three years of advanced training in prosthodontics after completing dental school. This advanced training includes coursework and clinical experience in the design, manufacture, and placement of dental prostheses.
When should I see a prosthodontist instead of my general dentist?
If you have complex dental needs, such as multiple missing teeth, significant damage to your teeth, or a desire for extensive cosmetic improvements, you may benefit from seeing a prosthodontist. Prosthodontists have specialized training and experience in the design, manufacture, and placement of dental prostheses and can provide a high level of expertise and care for complex cases. Your general dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist if they feel that your case requires specialized care.
What types of dental prostheses do prosthodontists create?
Prosthodontists create a wide variety of dental prostheses, including dentures, crowns, bridges, and dental implants.
What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?
A crown is a dental restoration that is placed over a single tooth to protect and strengthen it. A bridge, on the other hand, is a dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth by attaching a prosthetic tooth to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small, titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone to serve as a replacement tooth root. The implant can then be used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer several benefits over other types of dental prostheses, including improved stability, durability, and a more natural look and feel.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most people who are in good overall health and have sufficient jawbone density are good candidates for dental implants. The prosthodontist will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine whether dental implants are right for you.
What is the process for getting dental implants?
The process for getting dental implants typically involves several stages, including a consultation, a surgical procedure to place the implant in the jawbone, a healing period to allow the implant to fuse with the bone, and the placement of a dental restoration (such as a crown, bridge, or denture) on top of the implant.
What is a denture?
A denture is a removable dental prosthesis that is used to replace missing teeth. Dentures can be made to replace a full arch of teeth (complete dentures) or just a few missing teeth (partial dentures).
What is the process for getting dentures?
The process for getting dentures typically involves several appointments with our prosthodontists to take measurements and impressions of your mouth, and to ensure that the denture fits comfortably and looks natural.
What is the difference between immediate dentures and traditional dentures?
Immediate dentures are dentures that are placed in the mouth immediately after any remaining teeth are removed. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, are placed in the mouth after the gums have fully healed following tooth extractions.