When should I see a Prosthodontist?
The Benefits of Going to a “PRO”
Did you know that some dentists perform reconstructive dental work after just a weekend course on a procedure? That may be okay, but you should know prosthodontists receive an extra three years of intense, formal training beyond regular dental school. If you are seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental work, you should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care. As ADA recognized specialists, prosthodontists are qualified to offer care in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, such as:
- Dental implants
- Traumatic injuries
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Replacing lost teeth
- Special needs of geriatric patients
- Complete and removable partial dentures
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome/disorder
- Complex care management involving multiple specialists
Here are some questions that will help you determine if you need to see a specialist in Prosthodontics:
- Are you missing one or more teeth?
- Do you show signs of excessive tooth wear and breakdown?
- Do you have rampant decay (cavities) in your mouth?
- Do you wear a removable partial or full denture?
- Do you have difficulty chewing your favorite foods?
- Are you interested in dental implants?
- Would you like to improve your smile with porcelain crowns or cosmetic dentistry?
- Do you have loose or spreading teeth from periodontal (gum) disease?
- Do you need multiple dental crowns?
- Were any of your teeth damaged by grinding?
- Were you born with congenital anomalies that affect your teeth?
- Were your teeth damaged by certain medicines or radiation therapy?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, a Prosthodontist can help you receive optimum dental care by an expert.