What is Prosthodontics?
If you are familiar with the field of dentistry, you have probably heard of a wide variety of dental professionals. You may have heard of orthodontists or periodontitis, but have you ever encountered a prosthodontist? If you have ever lost a tooth, or been at risk of losing a tooth, then we here at Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry are your new best friend. While missing or loose teeth are our specialty, we also are the resident experts in jaw disorders, as well. If you find that you have one or more teeth that may need immediate attention, then we can help you out.
What Makes a Prosthodontist Stand Out from General Dentistry?
The first thing you need to know about us, as prosthodontists, is that we are indeed dentists. However, unlike general dentists, we are a specialized branch of medicine that allows us to provide a specific type of care to our patients. Our name is a clear giveaway of our area of expertise: the word comes from two Latin root words, both prostho (which means “replacement”) and dentist (which means “teeth”). Therefore, we are the dental doctors that work with missing or at-risk teeth!
Unlike general dentists, we have three extra years of schooling that allows us to be experts in our area. Furthermore, we are accredited by the ADA (American Dental Association) because we took extra graduate coursework to verify our certification. This is extremely important because the types of patients we see at our office require more intensive attention to help restore their smile.
What We Can Do
The types of procedures that we are experts in include both cosmetic and functional work. For instance, if you have lost a tooth, you may come to us for a dental implant. We can also help fit you with a bridge or a partial or complete denture if it is something that you require. Crowns (also known as caps) are also beneficial for our patients who are at risk of losing a tooth, as it can bolster and reinforce it. If you are embarrassed about stained, discolored, or uneven teeth, we can also help you. Dental veneers and bonding can help improve the appearance of your teeth.
We do not stop at just replacing missing teeth, however. We can also help you if you have any jaw problems. This includes problems with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) that can cause popping, clicking, and ongoing pain in your jaw when you bite, eat or chew. If you have issues with bite alignment, that is also something we can help you with.
Whether you have sustained trauma, had an unexpected accident, or your teeth have started to become loose or fall out due to poor oral hygiene or age, then you need to reach out to us. We would be happy to explain to you the various options we can provide to you to help improve and restore your smile. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with us at our office here at Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry, please give us a call today at (715) 848-2435!