Optimal oral health extends far beyond the scope of general dentistry. When patients face complex issues requiring targeted restoration, they may seek the care of a specialist. In particular, prosthodontists are experts who are specially trained in the treatment and restoration of missing or otherwise compromised teeth. Prosthodontists can be viewed as the “quarterback,” often leading the team responsible for executing technical treatment plans. Likewise, at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, our experts develop treatment plans catered to each patient’s unique needs. Here is our detailed overview of why you might choose to visit a prosthodontist.
What Does a Prosthodontist Do?
Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association® (ADA) and focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of missing or deficient teeth. Prosthodontists’ also address maxillofacial issues such as compromised jaw structures. Ultimately, a a patient who visits a prosthodontist should expect improvement to the appearance and functionality of their smile.
What Sets a Prosthodontist Apart?
While many dentists can perform restorations, a prosthodontist specializes in this form of dentistry. In addition to completing dental school, they receive an additional three years of education through a graduate program accredited by the ADA. During this time, they undergo rigorous training in restorative and cosmetic dentistry solutions such as crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures, as well as conditions of the jaw like temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
Why Visit A Prosthodontist?
There are many reasons to seek the expertise of a specialist. Whether you have sustained a mouth injury have developed advanced periodontitis – gum disease – you may need a tooth replacement. Working with an expert with advanced, training and experience ensures the highest quality restoration and placement. Working with a prosthodontist may be especially beneficial to patients who have suffered some bone loss and require more extensive graft work to support an implant.
If you are experiencing tooth loss, look no further than Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. With two beautiful offices in Greater Boston in Brookline, MA and on Boston’s South Shore, Smileboston offers a variety of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services in a comfortable setting. Smileboston’s founder, Steven D. Spitz, DMD, is one of New England’s leading prosthodontists and has been named one of “America’s Top Dentists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and “Top Dentist” by Boston Magazine. Call our Brookline office at (617) 277-4100 or our South Shore location at (781) 826-7577 to schedule an appointment, or visit Smileboston online for more information.