A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in caring for patients who have missing or unhealthy teeth due to poor oral care or medical conditions. This specialty area of dentistry requires three additional years of graduate level training and certification in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Their main objective is to return a patient’s teeth to optimum appearance and function. The state-of-the-art procedures they provide are beyond those of a general dentist.
The prosthodontist diagnoses the current dental issues and creates a treatment plan with the patient. This plan will include rehabilitation and return of normal use of teeth for eating, talking, comfort, and appearance. A prosthodontist may provide specialty care in the creation of crowns, bridges, dentures (partial or complete), implants, TMJ pain, sleep apnea, reconstruction for cancer patients or patients with other degenerative diseases, or traumatic injuries to the mouth or jaw.
If you need an expert to assist you in attaining an optimal smile both for esthetic and/or health reasons, a prosthodontist is the expert in the procedures necessary to reach your goals.