What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association that deals with cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, and temporomandibular joint disorders.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist who has specialized in treating and handling dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures. A prosthodontist is an expert in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, and temporomandibular disorders.
Why choose a prosthodontist?
Choose a prosthodontist because of their extensive experience, advanced knowledge, improved efficiency, and their use of advanced technology.
Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth who have completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced training and education in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program.
Prosthodontists provide an extremely high level of care to patients with missing teeth, or having significant damage to their existing teeth. Prosthodontists work with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and neglect. Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structure and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.
What is a dental technician?
A dental laboratory technician is a trained professional that fabricates dental restorations, crowns, bridges, and dentures based on designs and instructions provided by a prosthodontist.
How do prosthodontists select labs?
Prosthodontists work only with laboratories that demand the finest quality and the most precise work available. The attention to detail and the experience of the lab is important for providing the best for prosthodontists’ patients.
Are prosthodontists trained to treat TMD, and if so what techniques do they use? By what parameters are they limited to treat extraoral head and neck areas for this condition?
Yes, prosthodontists are trained to treat temporomandibular joint disorders. Several treatment options exist and all of these options are conservative and do not produce permenant damage to the teeth. These treatment options include physical therapy and exercise, pharmacologic treatment, and occlusal devices.