Prosthodontics FAQ

Cosmetic Dentistry Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of cosmetic dental treatments, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dentistry are discussed.

What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and replacement of your natural teeth.  After completing four years of dental school, they complete an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program.  Prosthodontics is one of the nine ADA recognized dental specialties.  For information about Prosthodontics visit the American College of Prosthodontists web site at:

Why is being Board Certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics important?

Being Board Certified means that after completing an accredited graduate program, the Prosthodontist takes a series of examinations designed to test his or her knowledge in all aspects of Prosthodontics.  He or she is also required to present records of completed treatment and defend the treatment before a panel of experts.

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth can have a significant effect on your personal appearance.  When a tooth is lost and a space is created, pressure from normal function and your teeth touching together can cause the remaining teeth to shift.  This shift can cause otherwise healthy straight teeth to tilt.  These tilted teeth can become unstable which makes them more likely to be lost in the future.  Missing teeth will make it more difficult to eat and place more stress on your remaining teeth.  The teeth also support facial tissue such as your lips and cheeks.  When missing teeth are not replaced and gaps are left open, the tissue can cave in, adding years to the persons appearance.

Why Choose a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are well-versed in all aspects of dentistry and are regularly the leaders of the health care team providing solutions to your dental health care needs.  Whether from tooth loss due to trauma or disease or the unsightly appearance of the teeth, Prosthodontists have the special skills to make your smile the best it can be.

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