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So your Dentist Referred You to a Prosthodontist, What Does That Mean?

Posted on: March 19th, 2024 | Categories: Prosthodontist

Have you ever wondered who to turn to when faced with complex dental issues that go beyond routine care? In situations such as these your general dentist might refer you to a prosthodontist, like the one in our dental practice near Burlington. This dental specialist can performs all the usual procedures a general dentist can, but they specialize in restoring and enhancing the function and appearance of your smile.

Prosthodontist near Burlington holding tooth model

Understanding Prosthodontics: Masters of Dental Restoration

Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) that deals with the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged teeth and oral structures. Prosthodontists undergo extensive training beyond dental school, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle complex dental challenges and deliver comprehensive treatment solutions. For example if dental treatment requires replacing missing teeth, placing crowns and cosmetically restoring teeth, a prosthodontist can come up with a cohesive plan to do all of that in a manner that restores both aesthetics and oral function.

This is why prosthodontists are often referred to as the architects of the smile, as they meticulously design and fabricate dental prostheses to recreate the form, function, and aesthetics of natural teeth. Whether you’re missing a single tooth, several teeth, or even entire dental arches, prosthodontists possess the expertise to craft customized restorations that blend seamlessly with your natural dentition.

When Might You Need a Prosthodontist?

  1. Missing Teeth: If you have one or more missing teeth due to trauma, decay, or congenital conditions, a prosthodontist can create a treatment plan with suitable replacement options to meet a patient’s individual needs and budget, such as dental implants, dental bridges, or comfortable traditional dentures.
  2. Damaged Teeth: Teeth that are severely damaged or weakened, whether from extensive decay, fractures, or previous dental work, may require advanced restorative treatments like crowns, dental veneers, or inlays/onlays, which prosthodontists are adept at providing. When many of these are needed at once, a prosthodontist can come up with a comprehensive treatment plan that looks at the mouth as a whole instead of treating each tooth individually.
  3. Complex Dental Cases: Complex dental cases involving multiple missing or damaged teeth, bite misalignment, or jaw abnormalities often necessitate the expertise of a prosthodontist. These specialists can develop comprehensive treatment plans involving a combination of restorative, prosthetic, and surgical interventions to achieve optimal outcomes.
  4. Esthetic Concerns: If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to cosmetic dental issues like tooth discoloration, uneven spacing, or irregular tooth shape, a prosthodontist can offer cosmetic dentistry solutions, such as porcelain veneers or full-mouth rehabilitation, to enhance the beauty of your smile.

In summary, prosthodontists are highly trained dental specialists dedicated to restoring and enhancing the form, function, and aesthetics of your smile. If your dentist finds your dental situation challenging beyond the scope of routine care, they will direct you to seek the guidance of a prosthodontist. If you would like to book an appointment with our prosthodontist don’t hesitate to call 802.655.5308 and we’d be glad to welcome you for a consultation.

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