What Is a Prosthodontist?
Within the world of dentistry, there are several specialties. Each of these specialties serves a specific role in ensuring your dental wellness. At Prosthodontics of Princeton, our prosthodontic specialist offers a focus on lost teeth and restorations.
The prosthodontist undergoes extensive training, beyond that which most dentists undergo.
What Is a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on restoring missing teeth and other tooth restoration. A prosthodontist is trained to also resolve concerns with the jaw and the loss of one or more teeth. Patients who are in need of dentures or another prosthetic tooth will typically need to be seen by a prosthodontist.
A prosthodontist will address both the aesthetics and functionality of the teeth. In addition to remedying concerns with a focus on a functional bite, the prosthodontist will ensure natural-looking results.
The Differences Between a General Dentist and a Prosthodontist
A general dentist is trained to handle the basic needs of your gums and your teeth. The focus of a general dentist will be to keep your gums and teeth functional and healthy. This could include treating cavities and gum disease.
The focus of the prosthodontist is on specific areas of dental restoration, to improve your bite functionality and your smile.
Consider the distinction this way. If you have a sinus infection, you will see your family doctor for treatment. If you have arthritis, you will see a rheumatologist. Each of these medical professionals will address a concern with your physical health, but with a different focus.
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist that has the same educational background as your general dentist. However, the prosthodontist has taken the steps needed to pursue continuing education in the area of prosthodontics.
Continuing Education for the Prosthodontist
The qualified general dentist in practice will have more than eight years of continuing education, after graduating from high school. In order to specialize in prosthodontics, a dentist will need to pursue three additional years of training and hands-on experience.
This training and experience will equip the prosthodontist with the knowledge to meet the needs of patients with missing teeth.
In addition, prosthodontists routinely pursue continuing education opportunities that keep them informed about the latest advancements in the field of prosthodontics.
What Services Are Offered by Prosthodontists?
Prosthodontics focuses on the replacement of lost or extracted natural teeth, with one or more solutions.
Loss of teeth can lead to a number of dental health concerns. Whether lost due to decay or trauma, it can lead to changes in the way that you eat, speak, and live your life. A prosthodontist can offer restoration solutions for lost teeth, including dental bridges and implants.
Conventional dentures and implant-supported dentures are also options available to those who are qualified candidates. Dental implants can restore a missing tooth. A dental crown will be set on the implant to ensure a natural result.
Patients with just one or two missing teeth may opt for a dental implant or bridge. Those who have extensive tooth loss may opt for dentures or implants supporting dentures. Dental crowns can also be placed to boost the strength and aesthetics of a tooth. Dental veneers are a cosmetic solution some may consider when looking to improve the aesthetics of their smile.
At Prosthodontics of Princeton, we provide the prosthodontic treatments that will restore the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. Call (609) 924-1975 to schedule your appointment.