We are a team of dental specialists from different specialty areas working together, hence you will be able to seek consultation from more than one type of dental specialist at the same appointment, and enjoy a comprehensive approach to your dental needs.
The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, prosthodontists are THE recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth! While many other dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care. Prosthodontists expertly restore and replace teeth.
They have trained 3 additional
years after completing dental school. Prosthodontists are also considered the
“quarterback” of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general
dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your
What other ailments are prosthodontists trained to treat?
Prosthodontists also understand patients’ unique needs such as:
- Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
- TMD, TMJ or other jaw joint problems
- Traumatic injuries
- Snoring and sleep disorders
- Cleft palate and other congenital conditions that affect the mouth.
Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.
What does full mouth reconstruction mean?
In general, any dental treatment that affects all teeth in the mouth is called full mouth reconstruction or full mouth rehabilitation. Prosthodontists are the recognized experts in such treatments. The treatments can range from crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures that will essentially provide a “smile makeover” for the patient. You may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist for your specific needs.
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with
severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range
of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the
root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed).
They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical
procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement,
maintenance, and repair of dental implants.
During the first visit, the periodontist usually reviews the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is extremely important for the periodontist to know if any medications are being taken or if the patient is being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy. The periodontist examines the gums, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose. The periodontist will also take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets; this helps the periodontist assess the health of the gums. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.
Endodontists are dental specialists with an additional two or more years of specialized training beyond dental school. The average endodontist completes 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists do about two root canals a week. Because they limit their practice solely to endodontic treatment, endodontists are efficient and precise. This equates to positive experiences and faster healing.
Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency
cases, so delays in treatment are kept to a minimum and patients can be relieved of
dental pain quickly.
Many endodontists use state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation and fiber optics, to treat their patients quickly and comfortably. Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling. Watch how root canal specialists put patients at ease with their calm and caring manner.