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A prosthodontist is the dental specialist uniquely qualified to restore the appearance of your smile and help you regain the optimum function and appearance of your teeth after dental disease or surgery.
Many factors contribute to the loss of your teeth – some people are born without certain teeth, and some lose their teeth because of disease, injury, and wear as a result of clenching or grinding. Tooth loss creates both aesthetic and functional problems, resulting in unwanted changes to your facial appearance, as well as a detrimental effect on your chewing ability, confidence and self-esteem.
You may need the care of a prosthodontist if you:
While general dentists also see patients with the above conditions, prosthodontists focus on the more complex cases. Working with general dentists, a prosthodontist will offer several treatment options and services to restore the natural appearance and function of a person’s mouth, jaw and smile.
Additional training for prosthodontists is earned through a hospital – or university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association. The training includes reviews of the literature, lectures, treatment of patients and laboratory experience in fabricating restorations.
Some of the services prosthodontists offer includes:
For complex restorations, prosthodontists work with other physicians, including facial plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists to provide overall reconstructive care for patients damaged by trauma, injury or illness.