Prosthodontics has an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment planning of patients who have complex dental needs and on providing treatment services that primarily involve the repair or replacement of natural teeth with a variety of fixed or removable prosthetic options. To successfully manage these patient needs, it is critical that I collaborate with all members of the dental team, including other dental specialist colleagues (Orthodontists, Periodontists, Maxillofacial surgeons), general dentists, dental hygienists, and laboratory technicians. Through consultation and collaboration with the dental team, I am able to provide patients with a customized treatment plan and alternative options, with associated advantages, disadvantages, prognosis, risks, and time involved.
Who needs a prosthodontist?
- You are missing one or more teeth.
- Your teeth have extensive wear, fracture or tooth breakdown
- You are interested in dental implants.
- You wear dentures or removable partial dentures or have fixed bridges.
- You want to improve the esthetics of your smile.
- You have jaw pain (TMD) or bite problems
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 esthetic 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. Today, when the desire for a more natural looking smile is greater than ever, there are several exciting new options you can choose. It is now possible to restore broken, decayed, worn and discolored teeth to their natural beauty and strength. You can enhance the beauty of your smile by replacing stained, chipped, missing or worn teeth by a variety of methods including whitening, veneers, crowns/caps or even implant‐supported teeth.