You've heard of a prosthodontist – but what services do they offer, and how can they help you? Our Ontario dentists provide a few facts on what this specialist does and what type of dental surgery they perform.
What is prosthodontics and how can it help me?
Just as with any part of our bodies, our teeth can become badly damaged due to disease or trauma, cavities, teeth grinding, restorations that fail, or acid exposure/erosion (from disease or diet), or low saliva production.
Your general dentist is able to help with a wide variety of concerns but if your case is more complex, we may refer you to a prosthodontist for comprehensive treatment and dental surgery.
Prosthodontics is a specialty and branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, treatment planning, restoration and maintenance of a patient’s oral function, appearance, health and comfort for more severe and complex cases that require more specialized care.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has successfully completed an accredited advanced educational program in prosthodontics.
This highly skilled individual holds a specialty designation from a provincial dental regulatory body. He or she has 2 to 3 years of additional training in clinical restorative procedures beyond a general dental degree.
A prosthodontist is an expert in diagnosing dental issues, planning treatments and preventing further dental issues. Think of a prosthodontist as an 'oral architect'. They develop treatment plans and ensure treatment sequences are synchronized between medical and dental specialists, as well as general dentists to provide the most comprehensive patient care. With a prosthodontist's services, your natural teeth are restored, and missing teeth or tissues are replaced with artificial substitutes.
While the dentists at Toothworks can complete restorations, we would recommend treatment under the care of a prosthodontist for any specialized treatment.
What services might a prosthodontist offer?
A prosthodontist offers a wide variety of dental surgery services, including:
- Cosmetic procedures
- Mouth guards
When would we refer you to a prosthodontist?
For patients who have suffered serious damage to their teeth through trauma or as a result of injury or disease, their case may be so advanced that it requires high-quality attention and care from a prosthodontist. These specialists are recognized for their knowledge when anything in your mouth needs to be replaced, from one or two teeth to all teeth and gums in the mouth. Prosthodontists often lead teams of general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to create customized solutions to fulfill your dental needs.
Leveraging their extensive training and experience, prosthodontists have a specialized understanding of the dynamics of your smile and how to preserve your healthy mouth. They can also explain these concepts and answer questions you may have.
You and your dentist may decide you need a prosthodontist because they are trained in specific techniques and procedures that help treat complex oral health conditions. They can help restore your smile's function and appearance.
At Toothworks, we assess patients and make evaluations on a case-by-case basis and can tell you whether a prosthodontist would be the best dental professional to perform your procedure.