What is a Prosthodontist?
What Exactly is a Prosthodontist?
The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, including prosthodontics. A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in this field. Prosthodontists focus on the repair and restoration of damaged teeth as well as the replacement of missing teeth. With these treatments, we can help to restore a healthy, beautiful, fully functional smile.
Like all other dentists, prosthodontists attend four years of dental school. As with other specialties, we then move on to an additional 2 to 3 years of education and training that focuses specifically on prosthodontics. In addition to formal education, we also attend lectures and receive hands-on training with real patients using the latest tools and technologies available.
Treating Damaged Teeth
Tooth damage can cause a variety of different issues. Minor damage may only cause aesthetic problems, but more significant damage can impact the strength of the affected teeth as well as your oral health. Your damaged teeth might split or shatter, or you could develop a painful tooth infection. There are many solutions for treating damaged teeth. These solutions include:
The Replacement of Missing Teeth
Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons. You can lose teeth as a result of gum disease, facial trauma, severe tooth decay, and more. In some cases, your teeth might fall out on their own. In other cases, your teeth may require extractions. Either way, missing teeth need to be replaced.
When you suffer tooth loss, your entire life is affected. Even losing just a single tooth or two can affect your abilities to eat and speak properly. Your smile deteriorates. Your jawbone also begins to lose bone mass, which alters its shape, and the shape of your face. You may be faced with additional issues such as bruxism, damage to your healthy teeth, and temporomandibular joint disorder. As prosthodontists, we specialize in replacing missing teeth, restoring the functions of your mouth, the quality of your smile, and your quality of life.
Options for Tooth Replacement
There are several options available for replacing missing teeth. We can help to determine the best solution to meet your specific needs. Tooth replacement options include:
If you have suffered significant tooth damage or tooth loss, a skilled prosthodontist can help to restore the functions of your mouth and your oral health, as well as improve your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Legato Dental Centre today at (250) 860-5253.