What is a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontics, also known as Prosthetic Dentistry, is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and oral health of dental patients. Prosthodontics is one of the nine recognized specialties of the American Dental Association.
A Prosthodontist is a dental specialist with advanced training in restoring natural teeth and replacing missing teeth. This specialist receives 3 years of additional training after dental school in order to become an expert in advanced dental restoration and rehabilitation techniques.
Some of the clinical procedures performed by a prosthodontist include:
Depending on the degree of tooth damage, any of the following dental treatments may be used:
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental crowns
- Dental implants
- Tooth bonding
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Dental bridges
- Periodontal Treatments
- Endodontic Treatments
After a thorough evaluation with Dr. Gordon, a step by step treatment plan for your reconstruction will be created. The specific order of treatments will be outlined and explained during the evaluation.
Full mouth restoration can require multiple visits to the dentist office and can possibly take as long as 12 months. But at the end of this process, your mouth work better and look and feel great!
Adequate bone volume of the jawbone is necessary for the secure placement, stability, function, aesthetics and longevity of implants. Because tooth loss can result in diminished bone volume in the jawbone, a bone expansion procedure may be necessary prior to implant placement. This procedure can increase the height and/or width of the jaw ridge through the use of mechanical manipulation combined with a bone graft. Ridge Augmentation takes several months to mature and be sufficiently strong for the placement of implants. Ridge Augmentation not only improves the function of implants, but is also a key contributor to the enhanced aesthetics, filling in the face around the gums and jaw and thus minimizing the appearance of aging.
Complete (Full) Dentures are made after all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. The denture includes an acrylic base that is custom made in the dental laboratory and are made to look like natural gums, which sits over the gums or can be anchored to dental implants.
Removable Partial Dentures are made only when a few teeth need to be replaced. The removable partial denture either attaches to crowns on either side of the denture or to a metal framework that is attached to the teeth on both sides of the partial denture. Partial dentures can be removable or they can be anchored in place by attaching them to dental implants. Removable partial dentures can be supported in place by attaching them to dental implants when wearing them during the day.