Have you recently been referred to a prosthodontist by your dentist? You might be wondering what type of doctor that is and why you need to go. After all, your dentist seems to know a lot about oral health and should be able to handle further treatments.
What is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating more complex dental and facial issues. “Prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means anything to do with teeth, therefore prosthodontists can repair teeth as well as replace missing ones with implants, dentures, crowns, or caps. Anything from one missing tooth to missing all teeth can be treated by a prosthodontist. They have had extensive training and usually lead teams of dentists and specialists so patients can get the best care.
Common Prosthodontist Services
Prosthodontists can perform many specialty services:
Dentures & Snap-in Dentures
Prosthodontists can find the proper fit and placement of dental crowns, bridges, removable dentures, and snap-in dentures. He or she will take a look at your gums and jawbone to find the right size and shape for your new teeth.
At Mile High, our skilled prosthodontists can find the right treatment plan for you after assessing your current jaw bone and gum health. We’ll make sure you get the best dental implants that will work with your smile.
Sleep & Jaw Issues
These specialists can address temporomandibular problems like TMJ that affect the muscles and joint areas around the jaw. You’ll receive a treatment plan to fix any issues. Prosthodontists can also help with sleep and snoring problems that prevent patients from getting a good night’s sleep.
Oral Cancer Restoration
Treatment of oral cancer involves removing cancerous growths from the mouth, leaving behind some scarring or cosmetic concerns. A prosthodontist can perform reconstruction surgery to help restore the look and feel of your mouth.
If you’ve experienced traumatic injury to the teeth, face, or mouth, a prosthodontist can repair and restore the affected areas.
Why You Should See a Prosthodontist
You should see a prosthodontist for their advanced education and training in the latest techniques and technology in the treatment of complex dental conditions. They know how to restore your mouth to its peak function while looking aesthetically pleasing. You will receive a customized treatment plan for:
- Cosmetic Dentistry like veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures, whitening, and more.
- Mouth Reconstruction for those that are missing teeth or have gaps.
- Special Conditions like sleep disorders, injury, cancer, cleft palates, and jaw problems.
Prosthodontists are specialists that can help with a wide range of dental reconstruction options. From dental implants to snoring, these dentists can provide relief and recovery that general dentists can’t.
For more information about how our Mile High prosthodontists can help you, schedule a free consultation today!