What is a Prosthodontist?

Teeth Replacement and Restoration

A prosthodontist is a specialized dentist who is skilled in the replacement of missing teeth and the restoration of natural teeth. A prosthodontist has graduated from dental school and completes three or more years of continuing education after that.

This type of dental specialist is trained to deal with complicated and simple restorations of the whole mouth as well as treating facial deformities. Common procedures treated by a prosthodontist may include dental implant restorations, dental implant retained dentures and partial dentures, fixed bridges, crowns, implants, veneers, fillings, bleaching and more.

Why Choose a Prosthodontist?

As our population ages, the role of the prosthodontist becomes critical in maintaining a high standard of dental care. Prosthodontists are trained to do the type of procedures that our aging population needs to provide optimum function and esthetics for their dental condition.

A prosthodontist is a fully trained specialist in prosthetic dentistry — one of eight dental specialties recognized be the American Dental Association. The typical prosthodontic training includes four years of dental school as well as three years of prosthodontic training in areas of dentistry including tooth cosmetics, crowns, bridges, dentures, tempromandibular joint and dental implants.

A prosthodontist provides an extremely high level of care for patients who are missing teeth or have significant damage to their existing teeth. Dr. Affleck deals with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and neglect. He treats your whole mouth, not just a tooth or a section at a time. He can aid in the rehabilitation of a complete dentition or merely in the replacement of one or two teeth. With the advent of dental implants as the ideal means of replacing teeth, Dr. Affleck’s role has expanded substantially. He can give you the expertise — from three years of extra training — that is necessary to make an implant supported restoration look and function properly.

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