What is a prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists are specialists in the restoration and replacement of missing, broken, and worn out teeth with natural, esthetic, and functional replacements. Restorations can range from simple crowns to complex implant supported restorations. Put simply we specialize in anything restorative that's above the gums. Earning a certificate in prosthodontics requires 3 years of additional training after dental school.
What we do
Just as each patient has unique desires and expectations for their dental health, each dental practice has unique ways of operating and helping patients with their dental needs. No one dental practice can be all things to all patients. We feel it’s important for you to understand the nature of what our specialty dental practice provides and how we go about providing it in order for you to ensure that what we do is what you are looking for. The overall reason our dental practice exists is described above in our Mission Statement. But to boil the essence of what we do down to just four words, "We Fix Dental Disasters."
The majority of the new patients who come to our practice are referred by other dentists – both general dentists and other dental specialists. They are referred to us because the patient has come to understand that they have serious dental problems and because they have decided that now is the time to take care of them. Most of the rest of the new patients who come to our practice are referred by friends or family members who are either patients in our practice or are familiar with the speciality nature of our practice. These patients may not have the serious dental problems described above but are looking for a dental practice with more of a private care atmosphere. During your initial visit to our practice we may together discover that your dental health is better than we both initially thought – this is good news! If so, we may together decide that a general dental practice is more appropriate for your dental needs.
Our hygiene department is similarly unique and exists for two distinct purposes. The first is to return our new patient’s supporting gums and bone to a state of health before we repair their dental problems. This is like putting out the fire before rebuilding the house. The second is to help our patient’s control the factors that have allowed them to end up with significant dental problems so that whatever dental work they choose to have done has the best chance of lasting as long as possible. If we discover that you are basically healthy and are just in need of maintenance cleanings, etc. we may together decide that a general dental practice is more appropriate for your dental hygiene needs – again this is good news!