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What is a prosthodontist and how can they help me?

You've heard of a prosthodontist – but what services do they offer, and how can they help you? Our Kamloops dentists provide a few facts on what this specialist does and what type of dental surgery they perform.

What is prosthodontics?

Our teeth, like other parts of our bodies, can be severely damaged by disease or trauma, cavities, teeth grinding, failing restorations, acid exposure/erosion (from disease or diet), or a lack of saliva.

While your general dentist may be able to resolve some issues, if your case is more complex, we may refer you to a prosthodontist for comprehensive treatment and dental surgery.

Prosthodontics is a specialty and branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, treatment planning, restoration and maintenance of a patient’s oral function, appearance, health and comfort.

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has successfully completed an accredited advanced educational program in prosthodontics.

This highly skilled individual holds a specialty designation from a provincial dental regulatory body. He or she has 2 to 3 years of additional training in clinical restorative procedures beyond a general dental degree.

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in diagnosing dental problems, planning treatments, and preventing future dental problems. Consider a prosthodontist to be an 'oral architect.' To provide the most comprehensive patient care, they develop treatment plans and ensure that treatment sequences are synchronized between medical and dental specialists, as well as general dentists. Natural teeth are restored, and missing teeth or tissues are replaced with artificial substitutes, thanks to the services of a prosthodontist.

While the dentists at Pure Dental can complete restorations, we would send specialized cases to a prosthodontist.

Which services does a prosthodontist offer?

A prosthodontist offers a wide range of dental surgery services, such as:

  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Fillings
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Implants
  • Mouth guards
  • Veneers

When would we refer you to a prosthodontist?

Patients who have suffered serious damage to their teeth due to trauma or as a result of injury or disease may require high-quality attention and care from a prosthodontist. These specialists are known for their expertise when it comes to replacing anything in your mouth, from one or two teeth to all of your teeth and gums. Prosthodontists frequently lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals in developing tailored solutions to your dental needs.

Leveraging their extensive training and experience, prosthodontists have a specialized understanding of the dynamics of your smile and how to preserve your healthy mouth. They can also explain these concepts and answer questions you may have.

You and your dentist may decide you need a prosthodontist because they are trained in specific techniques and procedures that help treat complex oral health conditions. They can help restore your smile's function and appearance. 

At Pure Dental, we assess patients and make evaluations on a case-by-case basis and can tell you whether a prosthodontist would be the best dental professional to perform your procedure.

Not sure whether your general dentist can resolve your dental issue or if you need a prosthodontist? Our Kamloops dentists can assess your teeth and determine the best course of action. Contact us today.

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