Before they’re licensed to practice, dentists have to complete dental school and prove that they are proficient in all of the basic aspects of their profession. However, some choose to go above and beyond that initial training and devote several more years to mastering a particular facet of dentistry; they become certified specialists. One type of dental specialist is a prosthodontist in Ormond Beach, and your smile will thank you if you choose one of these experts for all of your oral health needs.
What a Prosthodontist Does
A prosthodontist specializes in designing and placing prostheses that replace missing teeth, restore the function of weakened teeth, or improve the smile’s appearance. Here are a few examples of services that a prosthodontist may offer:
- Dental implants
- Dentures, both full and partials
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental bridges
In order to render these services in the best way possible, prosthodontists spend years familiarizing themselves with the way the oral structures work together. Therefore, they are able to create prostheses that provide a comfortable bite and stunningly beautiful appearance.
Who in Particular Can Benefit from Visiting a Prosthodontist?
Anyone may choose a prosthodontist — or a multi-doctor practice with an on-staff prosthodontist — as their regular dentist in Ormond Beach. However, if you have missing teeth that you would like to replace with dental implants, it is especially important for you to visit a specialist.
Although many general dentists place and restore implants, they do not have the same level of knowledge and skill as a prosthodontist. Therefore, there may be a greater risk of complications from the implant procedure. Also, the restorations (artificial teeth) that a prosthodontist designs are of only the highest quality, and they’re created with each patient’s unique needs in mind.
Of course, a desire to get dental implants isn’t the only circumstance in which it is important to visit a prosthodontist. Anyone who is thinking about restoring or transforming their smile could benefit greatly from a specialist’s advanced knowledge and high-level skills.
Basic Care and Beyond
Some specialists focus solely on the areas of dentistry that they have extra training in. However, others are proud to continue to offer basic services, such as cleanings and checkups. Therefore, you may be able to visit a prosthodontist every six months for your routine appointments. These frequent checkups will help you establish a trusting relationship with the dentist, so if you ever do need advanced care, you’ll know that you’re in good hands.
Your smile deserves only the best care available — so why not visit a specialist for all of your dental needs?
About the Author
Dr. Andrew Nawrocki became a certified prosthodontist in 2012. He is also a member of the American College of Prosthodontists and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. If you would like to speak to him about your oral health needs, contact our office at 386-677-1046.