What Is a Prosthodontist Anyway?

A prosthodontist is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth. They are experts in making smiles beautiful looking and functional. Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of only nine specialties recognized by the ADA. By selecting an ADA recognized prosthodontist, such as Dr. O’Sullivan, you are selecting a specialist who is qualified to offer you several methods to replace missing teeth. Some services are: Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, and Dental Implants, to name a few. Injury, disease and old age can cause us to lose our teeth. Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry that brings us a variety of options to either fix problem teeth, or replace them altogether.

Crowns act as “splints,” holding together weakened, damaged or recently treated teeth. They cover the whole tooth, starting at the gum line.

Bridges consist of a pontic, or fake, tooth sitting in place of the missing one. Crowns on one or both sides of the missing tooth hold these together.

Dental implants are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. They are embedded into the gum or bone, which then grows around the implant, allowing it to eventually function as a normal tooth.

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They can be partial, as in cases where one or some of the teeth are missing, or complete, as in cases where all of the teeth are missing.

Prosthodontics also deals with reconstruction after injury or oral cancer, as well as with problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or with snoring.