Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. This dental specialty focuses on the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth or oral tissues. Prosthodontics can include replacing missing teeth, restoring irregular or damaged teeth, and more. In short, a prosthodontist works to restore and enhance the way that your smile looks and functions. In many cases, a prosthodontist acts as the “quarterback” in dental treatment plans. A prosthodontist often leads a team of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals in finding solutions to dental problems and needs.
In prosthodontics, the goal of tooth replacement and restoration is both functional and esthetic. In addition to replacing missing teeth and restoring damaged or irregular teeth, prosthodontists also attend to the special needs of geriatric patients, care for children born with a cleft palate or missing teeth, and provide TMJ treatment. Prosthodontists receive three additional years of formal, intense training beyond regular dental school to care for a wide range of dental needs, from children born with genetic facial defects to patients who require rehabilitation after a traumatic injury. If you would like to learn more about prosthodontics and how a prosthodontist can help you, please contact us today.