Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontists have extensive and specialized clinical training in esthetics, cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, traumatic injuries to the mouth structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, oral cancer reconstruction, and continuing care.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PROSTHODONTIST AND A GENERAL DENTIST?
General dentists are trained to handle all routine dental care and minor dental procedures, such as dental fillings. Some general dentists also receive additional training in particular procedures; however, a prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has received extensive, highly-focused training in tooth replacement and restoration. When you require a tooth replacement or oral surgery, consulting with and receiving treatment from a prosthodontist ensures that you receive high-quality, efficient treatment that meets your exact needs and produces long-term, beautiful solutions for your smile.
The biggest difference between a prosthodontist and a general dentist is that a prosthodontist deals with replacing teeth and restoring your oral health and function throughout your entire mouth. General dentists focus on repairing teeth and ensuring that they remain healthy. Some additional things that set prosthodontists apart from general dentists include:
- Up to three years of additional training through an ADA-accredited program is required to become a prosthodontist
- Prosthodontists handle complex dental cases, including jaw surgery, dentures, implants, and more
- Prosthodontists also offer veneers, crowns, and bridges to restore and replace teeth
You should see a Prosthodontist if any of the following applies to you:
- Are you missing one or more teeth?
- Do you show signs of excessive tooth wear and breakdown?
- Do you wear a partial or full denture?
- Do you have difficulty chewing?
- Are you interested in dental implants?
- Would you like to improve your smile?
- Do you have loose teeth from periodontal (gum) disease?
- Do you need multiple dental crowns?
- Do you grind your teeth?
- Were you born with congenital anomalies that affect your teeth?
- Do you have TMJ or TMD?
- Do struggle with snoring and sleep disorders?
- Are you in need of a maxillofacial prosthetic procedure such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care?