Prosthodontics: The Tooth Replacement Specialists

by Jason 6/20/2013 8:00 AM

Prosthodontics is not a prehistoric creature from Jurassic Park! It is one of the 9 dental specializations that can help improve your dental structure. Prosthodontic procedures include crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays, and complete and partial dentures. 

Who is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is dentist who takes care of total oral rehabilitation in terms of teeth replacement and restoration.  They undergo 2-3 years of additional training after finishing dental school. He or she is like a skilled architect who makes your smile and teeth aesthetically pleasing while curing structure-related problems.

Who needs to visit a prosthodontist?

You can visit a prosthodontist to improve your smile. The visit may be necessary if you have one or more teeth missing, crooked teeth, dentures (full or partial) or need dental implants.

And what about TMDs?

TMDs are temporomandibular disorders occurring in the TMD joints that are located on either side of the face, just in front of the ears. TMDs can be quite debilitating and have long-term effects that range from headaches and neck pain to symptoms like dizziness, speech problems and facial asymmetry.

How do prosthodontists cure TMDs?

Prosthodontists undergo specialized training to cure TMDs. After examination, they will advise on a bite guard or a stabilization splint to fit over the lower or upper teeth. This splint helps to improve the bite and take care of related problems. Regular evaluation of the patient helps the dentist to judge improvements and make necessary adjustments.

If you have any of the issues described above, you may want to see a prosthodontist. These defects may begin as a minor problem, but if left untreated, may have long-term effects on your oral health and overall well-being.

Sources:

http://www.tmjtmd.com/information/

http://www.gotoapro.org/faqs/#6

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