Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontics focuses on reconstructive and aesthetic dentistry to restore optimum appearance and function to your smile. This can involve single or multiple teeth.

 

2. What is a Prosthodontist and how can one help me?

A Prosthodontist has completed three years of additional didactic and clinical training, beyond dental school and is well trained in dental implants, crowns, bridges, crowns, dentures, and temporomandibular disorders.

 

3. What is the advantage of going to a Prosthodontist for implants?

Prosthodontists have 3 years of additional training in dealing with people with significant dental needs such as, existing teeth that may have resulted from trauma and neglect. This can involve someone who suffers from constant jaw pain and headaches.

 

4. How long does it take to heal after an implant procedure is completed?

Once an implant has been placed, typical healing periods range anywhere from 4-6 months. It will then take about 1-2 months to restore the implant with a crown.

 

5. How do I take care of my implants and restoration once everything is done?

Implants and implant crowns are cared for in a similar fashion to natural teeth. They require routine brushing and flossing. Regular dental checkups and yearly x-rays are recommended. Dental Implants have high success rates and with proper homecare, will last for years to come.

 

6. Where do I begin if I need dentures? What are fixed dentures?

If dentures area required, your Prosthodontist will examine your oral tissue to make sure it is in good health during a routine visit. Fixed dentures are typically screwed into 4-6 implants. Fixed dentures function like your own teeth and are only removed by the dentist.

 

7. How do I know if I can get implants after years of missing a tooth?

With an intraoral examination along with a 3 dimensional x-ray called a CBCT scan, this gives the proper diagnostic information to plan for implant placement. If the required amount of bone is missing, a bone graft will be necessary.

 

8. What does full mouth reconstruction mean and how can a Prosthodontist help?

Full mouth reconstruction refers to simultaneously restoring or rebuilding both the upper and lower jaw. Aided by diagnostic models, wax-up models, intraoral photographs, and more, a Prosthodontist can see what results are achievable to restore proper function and esthetics for the patient.

 

9. How long does a reconstruction last and what can I expect from it?

Patients need to know that once treatment is complete, this does not mean that they don’t need to come see me anymore. With proper homecare and routine dental visits, a reconstruction should last many years.