Some smiles just need restoring. Fortunately, in our day and age, you can choose a specialized dentist who has advanced skills for replacing your missing and failing teeth with dental implants, dentures, crowns, and bridges. Dr. Michael Affleck is one of a handful of dentists with advanced training in restorative dentistry.
If your teeth ever break off, fall out, or reach a state where they are no longer useful, you need the services of a restoration dentist, or prosthodontist. After completing dental school, a select handful of dentists qualify to become a prosthodontist by pursuing three additional years of training. In these elite restorative dentistry programs future prosthodontists spend long hours perfecting skills such as dental implant placement by performing the procedures on dozens of patients each week.
The services of a prosthodontist are vital when it comes to attaching your dental crown to the titanium implant that holds your new artificial tooth permanently attached to your jawbone. Your restorative dentist’s extra training greatly improves your results because your new artificial teeth are more likely to fit with your remaining healthy teeth. Moreover, prosthodontist training increases the odds that your dental implants will last the remainder of your lifetime. Dental studies rate dental implant success rates at about 90 percent over patients’ lifetimes.
Prosthodontists are also the go-to dentists for fitting patients for dentures and building bridges. Their additional training, above and beyond that of most general practice dentists, allow them to treat thousands of patients with restorative dentistry procedures. In addition, your restorative dentist works closely with a dental laboratory to build customized bridges or dentures that will fit your mouth with comfort and precision.
Dr. Affleck completed the advanced prosthodontics training program at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Over three years, experienced mentors taught him how to perfect the techniques of restoring missing teeth with dentures, bridges, crowns, and dental implants. He is now in private practice in Utah, where there are only five or six other prosthodontists. For more than a decade, Dr. Affleck has been treating patients in the Ogden, Utah area. Every day patients come from Western Wyoming or Southern Idaho based on enthusiastic recommendations from dentists and patients. After potential patients do their research, they often conclude that the advanced training of a restorative dentistry specialist is invaluable for success with their dental implants.