With National Prosthodontics Awareness Week approaching quickly, it seems fitting to better educate the public about what exactly it is that prosthodontists do. Many people haven't even heard the term-- and those that have may not be fully aware of the range of services these professionals offer.

At Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry, we believe that everyone should be aware of the specialty and the advanced skills and expertise that prosthodontists have to offer patients. When it comes time for treatment, you should be empowered to make the best decision for your health-- and knowledge is key.

 

What Does a Prosthodontist Do That a General Dentist Doesn't?

Breaking down the word "prosthodontist" into its two parts can help offer a better understanding of what prosthodontists offer their patients.

"Prostho--" means replacement.

"--dontist" refers to anything concerning the teeth.

It follows, then, that prosthodontists are going to be the ideal choice for any individual who needs something replaced within their mouth. Sometimes, needs may be as simple as the replacement of a single tooth. In other scenarios, multiple teeth and even all of the teeth may require extensive work and replacement.

The average dentist can likely perform bits and pieces of some of these procedures, but only a prosthodontist is qualified for full replacements of any sizable measure. Prosthodontists are specialists; they know far more about what goes into safe, successful replacements than other dental professionals. They also specialize in the treatment of facial and dental issues that impact the jaw structure.

 

What Special Education do Prosthodontists Have?

Licensed prosthodontists receive advanced training in the restoration and replacement of teeth. They are required to complete full dental school coursework, just like any other dentist. Following these rigorous studies, budding prosthodontists are then required to complete three additional years of advanced education and training. This education is delivered by way of an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. 

Prosthodontists receive extensive training in:

  • Dental implants
  • Cosmetics
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD)

 

How Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry Can Help

Prosthodontists are critical to many dental treatment plans. Their advanced educations and training offer them a level of expertise that's nearly unprecedented. Dr. Tyler has been trained extensively in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques and is well-equipped to ease troubles caused by complex dental conditions.

We offer a range of prosthetic dentistry services. Whether you're looking to reclaim, restore, reconstruct, replace, or revitalize your teeth, you won't find a better office for the job. Dr. Tyler offers a comprehensive and compassionate approach to cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

Due to his extensive training as a Certified Dental Technician (C.D.T.) prior to becoming a prosthodontist, in most cases labwork is actually completed in-house-- through the use of advanced digital dentistry, our team can ensure that the best possible results are achieved in quick timeframes.

Patient empowerment is a critical facet of Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry's services. Regardless of whether you come in for a simple crown placement or a full dental reconstruction, Dr. Tyler is fully committed to educating you on your diagnosis, outlook, and treatment options. Our office insists on providing only the highest quality treatments to our patients.

We offer a range of prosthodontic services, including:

  • Dental implants
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Implant crowns and bridges
  • Implant removable dentures
  • Implant-fixed complete prostheses
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • TMD/TMJ treatment

If you or a loved one is looking for exceptional dentistry or missing one or more teeth, then give our office a call today. Our professional, friendly staff will be able to speak with you about your concerns and set you on the path towards a healthier version of yourself.