Prosthodontics is an area within the dentistry field that involves implant and cosmetic procedures. The ADA states that it is a dental specialty that works on the diagnosis of, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral comfort, function, appearance, and health of those patients who have clinical conditions associated with deficient or missing teeth and maxillofacial and oral tissues using biocompatible substitutes. Some of the most popular prosthodontics procedures include:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Full mouth reconstruction
- Porcelain veneers
How a Prosthodontist Help You
A prosthodontist is specially trained to provide patients with a higher level of dental services. This type of dentist will repair dental treatments that were not done correctly and those treatments that had a negative effect on the patients’ smile or the end result. You will work one on one with Dr. Bien, who is a trained prosthodontist, to go over your smile and the areas that you want improved. There is no simple plan that will work for everyone, so it is important to have a complete evaluation performed on your mouth. The goal is for Dr. Bien to be able to fix all dental abnormalities that you have.
When you come into our Fremont office, Dr. Bien will look over your mouth and create an extensive treatment plan that will help to correct any misshapen teeth you have, replace any missing teeth, fix broken teeth, and reconstruct your smile.
Types of Treatments Available to You
Prosthodontic treatment is focused on making sure your teeth are restored and that your smile is beautiful. There are several treatments readily available to be performed and each procedure will serve a different purpose and present a different result for all patients. Let’s look at those treatments now.
- Reconstructive Dentistry
Reconstructive dentistry options are quite in depth and will provide you with a series of treatments and options. When you undergo any type of reconstructive procedure, you will receive dentures, implants, crowns, or any other option on the table. This type of dental work is more expensive than other options, but is yields the best results, is permanent, and lasts a lifetime.
The purpose behind these types of procedures is to complete restore the smile of the patient and help the patient feel confident and sure about themselves. Patients who have this procedure performed are happy with the results.
The implant procedure is one that is very common and the better tooth replacement option for missing teeth. The process includes small titanium rods being surgically implanted into the jaw bone. You can receive single or multiple implants, bit you do need to have enough bone in your jaw for the procedure to work. Once the jaw bone has healed, abutments and crowns can be placed on top of the post.
Dentures are another option that is available to those patients who cannot receive dental implants or those patients who choose this option for their missing teeth. Dentures are custom fitted to your mouth and are designed to be comfortable and easily removeable when you need to take them out. Advancements in the field have eliminated the irritation and slippage that came along with dentures previously.
- Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are a type of restorative procedure that is used to improve your smile and leave you with a bright, white smile that everyone loves. This is a good option for patients who have broken, misshapen, or stained teeth. The veneer is placed over the top of a prepared tooth and cemented in place for a permanent bond.
- Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is used to replace any missing teeth that you have in a series or gap. The bridge is an alternative to other options such as implants and dentures. If you do not have enough jaw bone to supper a bridge, then you will need to choose another option or have a surgical procedure performed. A bridge will fill in a gap or series of teeth that you are missing, but remember, with a bridge, you need two healthy teeth on either side of the gap to ensure proper placement and stability.
Should I See a Prosthodontist?
If you are after a beautiful smile, then you should see one. Dr. Bien is specially trained to help restore the look of your smile and provide you with the beautiful one you have always dreamed of. You will find that Dr. Bien is trained in all types of procedures and offers more than just restorations and implants. In fact, she offers help with sleep apnea, TMJ, and pediatric dentistry in our Fremont office.
Your Prosthodontic Appointment
When you come into our Fremont office for your appointment, you will be asked some questions about your dental health to ensure you are not in need of any other dental procedures. Sometimes, you may need to have some work done first before you can actually proceed with the treatment you need. Dr. Bien will look over your mouth and take x-rays to ensure that you are able to receive prosthodontic care. If there are any issues present, they will be treated first and then treatment for other conditions can begin.
Once you have been determined to be a good candidate for the procedures, you will be scheduled to come back to our office to receive care.
Improve Your Smile Now
If you are afraid that everyone will see your smile and simply laugh at you, it is time that you sought out some care for it. We will be able to provide you with the services you need to get the smile you want. Dr. Bien is able to spend time with you and provide you with the care you are after. She is a trained and professional prosthodontist and is here to transform your teeth to ensure they are flawless.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with her, call Greenhills Dental now to set the date and time of your appointment in our Fremont office.