What is a Prosthodontist?

prosthodontist at Legato Dental Centre
Taking care of your mouth is essential for preventing an array of different oral health issues, such as cavities and gum disease. This care includes daily brushing and flossing as well as biannual cleanings and exams. While prevention is important and reduces your risk for the development of issues, sometimes problems still arise. When problems develop, care is needed right away. In some cases, specialized care is needed. Damaged teeth and dealing with tooth loss require a prosthodontist. Legato Dental Centre can help.

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:
•  Dental bonding.
•  Porcelain veneers.
•  Dental crowns.
•  Tooth extractions.

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:
•  Bridges. Bridges are the traditional solution for replacing one to three missing teeth. The most common type of bridge is a fixed bridge. This restoration consists of a pontic, or replacement, tooth with two dental crowns. The crowns anchor the pontic tooth into place on the adjacent healthy teeth.
•  Dentures and partials. Dentures and partials are another traditional solutions. Dentures consist of replacement teeth set into a colored gum base that sits directly on your gums. They are a removable prosthesis that can replace a section of missing teeth or an entire arch.
•  Dental implants. Dental implants are a treatment that use small titanium posts to provide support for ceramic crowns. Your bone fuses to the posts, turning them into stable roots that hold your replacement teeth securely in place. Implants can replace a single tooth or an entire arch.
•  Overdentures. Overdentures use dental implants to anchor a denture into place.

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.

Legato Dental Centre

203, 1890 Cooper Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7, Canada

(250) 860-5253

Office Hours.

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday:11am – 3pm

Holiday Hours.

We will be closed for Christmas holidays from Dec. 20th - Jan 5th and will reopen on Jan 6th.
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