What is a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists bring smiles back to beautiful life by restoring and replacing teeth. Thanks to their extensive training these dental specialists provide life enhancing treatments that improve the look, feel and function of teeth.
Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the General Dental Council and dentists often refer more complex work to prosthodontists who regularly coordinate a whole range of dental professionals to provide highly effective treatment plans.
What exactly do they do?
Replace missing teeth
Our teeth are always on show, so losing them either accidentally or as part of getting older, can be particularly upsetting, especially as simple things, like smiling or eating, can become stressful or embarrassing. This is where a prosthodontist comes in – armed with an array of treatment options to enhance appearance and boost self-confidence.
These treatments can include crowns, bridges, and full or partial dentures – all designed to bring back confident smiles. A more permanent option is dental implants; a restorative solution that has improved greatly over the last ten years, thanks to the pioneering techniques of prosthodontists. No matter how many teeth need replacing, a prosthodontist will be there every step of the way, from the initial consultation right through to follow-up care.
Complex care management
Prosthodontists are highly trained to manage the most complex of dental restorations – from patients requiring rehabilitation after a traumatic injury to the creation of new smiles for those born with genetic facial deficits. They can also help with a whole host of other conditions such as:
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome/disorder
- Snoring and sleep disorders
- Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction with continuing care
Prosthodontists can significantly boost self-esteem by treating broken, discoloured or misshapen teeth using smile enhancing procedures such as:
- Ceramic crowns
- Veneers to hide defects
- Bonding technology to alter the shape of a tooth or close unwanted gaps
- Bleaching discoloured teeth to brighten and whiten a smile
Make sure you go ‘pro’
Prosthodontists have significant formal training on top of their time at dental school and as General Dental Council recognized specialists, they are qualified to offer care using state-of-the-art procedures and techniques. If you are seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental work, it’s vital to undertake research before making a decision so you can be sure of the safest treatment and highest quality care.