Only about 2% of all dentists in the United States are prosthodontists. They specialize in treating jaw disorders and restoring patients’ oral health by replacing missing, damaged, or decayed teeth.
After dental school, prosthodontists complete an additional three-year residency at a university or hospital, which provides intensive training in complex oral rehabilitation. As a result, they’re prepared to treat patients with the most complicated oral health problems.
Prosthodontic treatment is often comprehensive in nature, taking into consideration the condition of the entire mouth rather than focusing on one or several teeth. The patient’s general dentist or other specialists are typically involved in the treatment as well.
The scope of the specialty includes dental implants, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, TMJ disorders, occlusion (bite), and comprehensive multi-specialty planning.
Some prosthodontists practice in a similar manner to a general dentist, employing dental hygienists and serving as the patient’s primary dental provider. Drs. Oettinger, Sulik, and Cook limit their practice to prosthodontics and work with their patients to accomplish their specific treatment, usually by referral from the patient’s general dentist.
The scope of the specialty is broad and includes treatments such as:
Dentists mostly focus on preventive treatments while prosthodontists focus on restoring your oral health with the use of dental prostheses. Prosthodontists have to complete an additional three years of specialized training that focuses on treating damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. They’re also highly skilled in treating occlusion issues and TMD.
If enough jawbone is present, you can potentially get the dental implant the same day. However, we may ask you to wait 3 to 6 months after an extraction for a dental implant to be placed. This allows time for the area to fully heal.
Dental implants are considered a cosmetic procedure with some restorative purposes as well. In some cases, providers will cover up to half of the costs. You’ll want to check with your provider prior to your appointment for a better understanding of your specific coverage. If you have any questions that we can answer, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (910) 692-4051 and we’ll get back to you immediately.
With proper care and biannual visits to our Southern Pines office, porcelain veneers can still look great after 20 years. To maximize your results, we recommend avoiding foods that can stain, chip, or discolor the veneers. You’ll also want to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals. Regular visits to Sandhills Dental Rehabilitation Center, in addition to an excellent oral hygiene routine, will ensure your veneers, gums, and natural teeth are in the best of health and improve the longevity of your stunning smile.
At Sandhills Dental Rehabilitation Center, we’re dedicated to keeping up with the latest dental technology. We adapt our practice with updated technology and information to make your dental visit easier as well as provide more accurate treatment.