Build your confidence and gain a beautiful smile with the help of prosthodontics.
Prosthodontics is the restoration and replacement of lost or damaged teeth to make smiles look beautiful, functional, and natural-looking. Prosthodontics does not just include the teeth but also facial features, lips, and gums and is one of the official ten dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Some prosthodontic procedures that offer solutions for your dental needs include crowns, bridges, and complete or partial dentures which can help improve your appearance and self-confidence.
Prosthodontics is an important, needed, and growing dental specialist field.
Implants When modern dental implants were first introduced in the late 1980s, prosthodontists were the dental specialists who were permitted to use and place them for tooth replacements. Implants require planning and prosthodontists are the dental specialty with advanced training in all areas of implant planning and restoration.
Crowns restore the normal function and appearance of the tooth by capping or covering it. Crowns are made of all metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all-ceramic / porcelain. They are often needed after a root canal procedure, or to repair fractured, broken or misshapen teeth.
Bridges have been used for many years to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the space created from the missing tooth. A false tooth is then joined to the crowns, and the entire bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth.
Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry can enhance your smile and correct discolored or worn front teeth. Prosthodontists are the recognized dental specialists with advanced training in dental and facial esthetics.
Dentures are a partial or complete removable replacement for missing teeth. A removable partial denture is made of a metal framework with pink plastic to replace the gum tissue and plastic or resin denture teeth. Complete dentures cover the entire upper or lower jaw and are custom-made for your mouth after all your teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed.
Prosthodontic procedures are performed by a trained Prosthodontist who has completed dental school plus an additional 3-4 years of advanced training and education in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. While other dentists can also do crowns, bridges, dentures or implants, Prosthodontists are experts solely dedicated to these dental treatments. They not only fit and replace teeth but they also make or manufacture the replacement tooth or teeth as well. Many general dentists often refer patients to a Prosthodontist for treatment as their expertise allows them to treat the most difficult and challenging dental problems that a general dentist cannot.
Prosthodontic procedures are performed by a trained Prosthodontist.
Prosthodontics is an important, needed, and growing dental specialist field. In the United States alone, there are over 120 million people who are missing at least one tooth and roughly 3,500 practicing Prosthodontists (and Prosthodontic residents) while there are over 200,000 practicing Dentists.
At Mastrovich Dental, our very own highly skilled and trusted Prosthodontist, Dr. Michael Singer, dedicates himself to treating all of his patients with the highest level of care. He is one of only a fraction of the Prosthodontists to challenge and pass the rigorous series of written and oral examinations required to achieve board certification in his specialty. He earned status as a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and Fellowship of the American College of Prosthodontists in 2017. Dr. Singer worked in private practice and as a general dentist for the US Army in Germany before accepting a position in UCSF’s three-year Residency in Advanced Prosthodontics.