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What is a Prosthodontist?

prosthodontist talking to patient about x-rayA prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in restoring and replacing teeth. The prosthodontists here at Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS create beautiful smiles and restore teeth to their proper functioning. Getting to know our professionals is something you’ll want to do if you’re missing any teeth.

Who Prosthodontists Are

Prosthodontics is one of nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) today. To be recognized as a Prosthodontist, they must complete four years of dental school. They’ll then receive three years of special training that’s provided by the ADA. As such, you can think of them as the dental treatment plan’s “quarterback.” This is because they’re the ones who will lead health professionals (including dentists and other specialists) to create a treatment plan that meets your dental needs.

When You’ll Need a Prosthodontist

When you lose one or more of your natural teeth, regardless of whether this is due to an accident or a natural part of the aging process, you’ll want to replace it as soon as possible. This is because losing a tooth is a traumatic event that changes how you view life. You’ll find that the smallest pleasures (e.g., smiling, speaking, being self-confident while out in public) become stressful and embarrassing. However, you don’t have to accept this as your life. A prosthodontist can help you find an option to replace this tooth so you’ll feel better.

What Prosthodontists Specialize In

There are many great ways of replacing a missing tooth – even a whole mouth full of missing teeth. While you’re probably familiar with crowns, bridges, and full or partial dentures, you should know that there are also other great ways in which you can regain your smile, improve your appearance, and look more self-confident. These other options consist of things like Dental Implants (a more permanent way to improve your smile) and veneers. Other options and techniques are being pioneered as well.

Regardless of which of these procedures is deemed right for you, your prosthodontist will work with you every step of the way. This will begin with creating a treatment plan and not stop until you’ve received a prosthesis that works well for you – feeling comfortable and helping you feel self-confident. Your prosthodontist is specially trained to manage any complexities they may encounter throughout this process so you can enjoy having all the benefits brought about by having a full, healthy smile in your life again.

Why Work with a Prosthodontist?

The years of additional training received by a prosthodontist will benefit you in many ways – including having your missing teeth replaced; improving your bite, so it’s easier for you to chew and digest your food, and helping you to look better so you can feel more self-confident about yourself. Most prosthodontists are very passionate about the work they do and enjoy undergoing additional training each year.

They want to make sure that you don’t suffer through the embarrassment and discomfort of missing one or more teeth in your mouth. To schedule an appointment with a prosthodontist in our office, make sure you call Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-274-5400 today.
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