What is Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is a form of dentistry that specializes in restoring and replacing natural teeth and gums that have been damaged, diseased or lost. A prosthodontist uses various procedures and methods to help improve both appearance and oral function. A prosthodontist is skilled in replacing single teeth, multiple teeth or an entire set of teeth and gums. Prosthodontics treats a wide array of issues and conditions, providing various forms of treatment to make you feel confident and happy about the appearance of your smile.
What are the types of Prosthodontic procedures used to improve your smile?
A variety of procedures are made available to replace natural teeth and gums including:
In recent years, dental implants have become the preferred method of treatment. A prosthodontist can evaluate your condition and determine which treatment is appropriate in your particular case.
How do I know if I need prosthodontic treatment?
Determination for candidacy for prosthodontics treatment is typically based on meeting at least one of the following criteria:
- You are missing one or more teeth
- You wear dentures or removable partial dentures
- You want to improve the aesthetics of your smile
- You are looking to reconstruct your smile
- You have suffered an injury which damaged your teeth and/or gums
- You suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- You have a birth defect such as a cleft palate
- You are seeking restoration after undergoing radiation treatments for head and neck cancer
A prosthodontist will be able to assess your individual oral and dental concerns and create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
What to look for in a prosthodontist?
The decision to undergo a prosthodontic procedure can be quite important; therefore it is crucial to find a dentist who is skilled, knowledgeable and fit to make the correct assessment of your condition. The prosthodontist you choose should be one that you trust to make decisions about the appearance of your smile. Many prospective patients find a gallery of before and after photos helpful, but getting a list of reliable references is essential. A prosthodontist who puts you at ease and makes you feel comfortable throughout the entire process is important and necessary.
All of our procedures are performed with an emphasis on optimizing safety, relying on the most modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques. Prosthodontics are available at all Concerned Dental Care locations on Long Island, Queens, the Bronx, Westchester, Hauppaugue, Port Jefferson, Smithtown, Ronkonkoma, and Manhattan.