What is Considered Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics focus on making dental prosthetics. According to the American Dental Association, prosthodontics is “the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.”
What Does a Prosthodontist Dentist Do?
These types of dentists are specially trained to fix or repair damaged teeth with artificial devices, including placing dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, helping with jaw disorders, and more. They sometimes also specialize in cosmetic dentistry.
Prosthodontists also work to provide other specialized tooth repair procedures such as bonding, bone grafts, full mouth reconstruction, inlays and onlays, and more. Any missing or damaged teeth you suffer from, a prosthodontist can help restore.
Is a Prosthodontist a Dentist?
While prosthodontists can complete basic procedures such as cleanings and fillings, they receive special extensive training to be able to repair teeth. They must go through an extra three years of schooling at an approved prosthodontic program and pass the American Board of Prosthodontics certification exam before they can practice as a licensed prosthodontist.
Why Would You See a Prosthodontist?
There are various reasons your dentist may refer you to see a prosthodontist. Perhaps you were involved in an accident and it resulted in missing or broken teeth. You may have a birth defect that affects the teeth, or want to simply improve the cosmetic look of your teeth. If you’re looking to receive dental implants, dentures, or need any crowns or veneers put on or replaced, a prosthodontist is the type of dentist you’d see. They can also perform oral reconstruction surgery.
If you suffer from sleep-related oral issues such as snoring or jaw issues and TMJ, seeing a prosthodontist can be beneficial as they can help solace them.
The DentArt Difference
At DentArt, we have Dr. Bin Yang, DMD, Ph.D., who is a board-certified prosthodontist. She has spent over 20 years restoring faces and smiles and is an expert at solving complex dental cases that patients were unable to solve before. Dr. Yang takes an integrative approach to all prosthodontic issues to find the root of the issue and then present a successful solution.
Contact Us Today
At DentArt, our entire team is highly trained and qualified to handle even the most complex dental issues. We have a variety of board-certified dentists who are capable of diagnosing and treating your oral health needs, whether it be as simple as a cleaning or as complex and a whole mouth reconstruction surgery.
To make an appointment with our experienced, board-certified prosthodontist or anyone else on our team, call our office or fill out a form online. We look forward to hearing from you!