December 19th, 2018
Prosthodontics, or prosthetic dentistry, is an area of dentistry that concentrates on the aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth to their proper form and function. A prosthodontic specialist, like Dr. Jude, is experienced and broadly educated in specialized areas including dental implants, dentures, TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorders, and cosmetic surgery, as well as crowns and bridges. They attend three additional years of college after dental school and learn in-depth approaches to dealing with these types of issues.
Since prosthodontists are known as the experts of replacing and restoring teeth, they should be consulted if there are any problems that need to be addressed such as:
- Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures
- Joint problems in the jaw
- Problems that are due to a mouth injury
- Cleft palate or other related issues
- Snoring disorders
Many patients choose to see Dr. Jude to get an evaluation to see if they are a candidate for full mouth reconstruction. This is basically when any treatment that is completed results in every tooth being affected. This can sometimes include dentures, bridges, crowns, or even implants. A complete smile transformation is possible with the right care and treatment.
While general dentists may be trained in how to do some of the above mentioned procedures, the expertise and experience of a prosthodontist can ensure a successful, long-lasting result.
If you are considering improving your smile and oral health with prosthodontic treatment, a quick visit to our Tumwater, WA office should answer any concerns you may have.