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  1. What is a prosthodontist?
  2. Who is a prosthodontist?
  3. Who should see a prosthodontist?
  4. What is a dental implant?
  5. Why replace missing teeth?
  6. What is a cosmetic dentist?

What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. It includes advanced formal education and clinical training in esthetics/cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, complete and partial removable dentures, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.

Who is a Prosthodontist?

A Prosthodontist has completed three years of post-dental school training in an accredited prosthodontics residency program. Their training includes extensive review of the dental literature, lectures, laboratory experience, and most importantly advanced clinical experience restoring optimal function and appearance to patients’ smiles. As a result they are masters of complete oral rehabilitation and are dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

Who should see a Prosthodontist?

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth, is interested in dental implants, has any form of removable prosthesis, or is interested in improving the function and esthetics of their smile.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are one of the greatest modern advancements in dental therapy. Their use has revolutionized treatment options available today for the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium (metal) root-like cylinders placed in jaw bone that serve as a support structure for tooth replacement. If properly planned they can be used to replace single, multiple, or all teeth with a high degree of success. Learn More >>

Why replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth can lead to a host of other problems, including additional tooth loss. Research shows that if a missing tooth isn’t replaced, up to 20% of adjacent teeth will be lost in the next 4 to 8 years. Missing teeth also cause remaining teeth to shift, creating spaces between teeth, food impaction, bite collapse, chewing alteration, and TMJ pain. You’re also more susceptible to gum disease, a serious health condition that can significantly shorten your life span.

What is a cosmetic dentist?
A cosmetic dentist is a dentist who self proclaims to be a specialist in cosmetic dentist.  At this present time there is no recognized dental specialty or recognized specialty training program by the American Dental Association.  However, there is a society known as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry that provides education and encouragement for dentists to elevate their understanding and abilities to provide better quality "cosmetic dentistry."  To be come a member of the academy a dentist must pay their annual dues and attend their annual meetings.  There are different levels of membership based on their dues and their participation in the academy.  The membership level within the academy is obtained by presenting their work to a panel of dentists for their approval.

If you or someone you know is seeking "cosmetic" dental treatment to help improve the appearance of their smile, please seek out a properly trained dentist.  They need to be training in tooth and facial esthetics, as well as the best dental materials available to provide the optimal result in your situation.  The only specialty recognized by the American Dental Association that provides advanced formal training regarding the reconstruction of ones smile to improve esthetics and function is the dental specialty known as prosthodontics.  If you're interested in better understanding the best options available to improve the appearance of your smile make an appointment today with your local prosthodontist at Boise Prosthodontics.