What Is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics, also known as prosthetic dentistry, is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Prosthodontists are qualified to offer service in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, including dental implants, bridges, crowns, dentures, fillings, occlusal disease treatment, and TMJ/TMD treatment.
When you’re looking for options to replace missing teeth, we offer many choices depending on your individual needs. Implants are a safe and proven way to replace your missing teeth without involving or compromising any adjacent teeth.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in your ability to chew and speak. Bridges are a great option to help restore your smile.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance.
Gum disease, injury, and tooth decay can all cause the loss of your natural teeth. We can bring back the smile on your face with dentures to restore your missing teeth.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain. They are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. Veneers are natural in appearance and are a great option for patients who want to make adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
A filling is often used to repair a tooth that is damaged by wear, decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and replaced with a filling, which can be made of many different materials.
Occlusal disease is caused by a malocclusion, an improperly aligned bite. Patients with occlusal disease can experience symptoms of excessive tooth wear, sensitivity, muscle pain, and TMJ pain.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
Your first visit to our office typically includes an X-ray that allows us to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit involves a review of your medical history. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform our office if you have experienced a recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have been ill.
Also tell us the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician. Inform us of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help us select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.
Please prepare for your first appointment by completing our new patient information forms. Download the forms to your computer and complete them at home. Then bring them with you to your first appointment.
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