What is a Prosthodontist? How is it different from a General Dentist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in dental problems that involves missing teeth and jaw structures.
Prosthodontists are experts in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. Some prosthetic cases can be incredibly complex and involve collaboration with other dental and medical specialists.
What sets a prosthodontist apart from a general dentist is an advanced training program in which dentists learn how to treat cases with missing teeth, jaw bone anomalies, and other orofacial conditions that adversely affect function and esthetics.
Prosthodontists treat a range of conditions – from a single tooth that needs repair to multiple missing teeth with failing bone or gum tissue. Some prosthetic cases can be incredibly complex and involve collaboration with other dental and medical specialists. A prosthodontist is trained fully rehabilitate both the function and aesthetics of your smile.
Should I see a Prosthodontist?
- Do you have jaw pain or have you been told you have TMD / TMJ Problems?
- Do you have any missing teeth?
- Do you need multiple teeth restored or fixed?
- Do your teeth bother you during biting/chewing or when you open or close your mouth?
If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions, a prosthodontist is recommended to assess any potential issues you may have.