Occasionally, to safeguard your dental health, you may need to see a specialist. If your dentist has recommended that you see a prosthodontist for further dental work, you may be wondering what these professionals do or why their services are necessary. Here’s what you need to know about the practice.
What is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist that focuses on dental prosthetics. The word itself is actually a combination of the word “prosthesis” which means an artificial part and “dontics” which refers to teeth. These professionals have been around since the 1940s. Prosthodontists complete dental school as well as three years of extra graduate training in an accredited prosthodontic graduate program.
Upon completing that training, the dentist has to take an extensive exam through the American Board of Prosthodontics. To maintain their certification, these professionals have to test again every eight years. This helps to ensure that they always know about the latest advancements in the field and are providing the best care to their patients.
What Does a Prosthodontist Do?
Prosthodontists address dental issues related to missing teeth, but they also deal with oral and maxillofacial tissue. Their training and experience covers the following types of dental procedures as well as many others:
What Happens When You See a Prosthodontist?
When you make an appointment to see a prosthodontist for dental work, the process is similar to any other regular dental appointment. In most cases, you start with an oral exam and a consultation. During that appointment, the prosthodontist looks at your mouth, takes X-rays, and helps to figure out the best treatment for your specific situation. Then, you make the necessary follow-up appointments to complete the recommended dental work.
Depending on the type of prosthetic treatment you need, the treatment time can vary a lot. For instance, if you have a tooth with broken enamel and you need a crown, it only takes one to two appointments to treat. In contrast, if you are missing several teeth and you need a couple of implants and a bridge, that may take several appointments, and the work may take place over several months.
How Do You Choose a Prosthodontist?
If your Loganville dentist is recommending that you see a prosthodontist, ask who they suggest. Otherwise, read patient reviews, or make a consultation to see how you feel about a particular prosthodontist. Also, make sure they have the amenities you need. For instance, if you need sedation dentistry, you should make sure they offer that option.
If you are missing one or more teeth and you need help to regain your smile and your confidence, you should see a prosthodontist. We invite you to contact our Loganville dentist office. Call us directly at 770-450-2030, or use our online form to request more information. At Walton Center for Family Dentistry, we work hard to put a smile on our patients’ faces, and we’d love to work with your smile.