What is a Prosthodontist?


Prosthodonists at Keith A. Boenning, DDS, Towson, MDThe American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, including prosthodontics. All dentists, regardless of whether they are a general dentist or a dental specialist, receive four years of formal education and training. After those four years, prosthodontist, along with other dental specialists, receive an additional 2 to 3 years of highly specialized education and hands-on training. Prosthodontists specialize in restoring teeth that have been damaged as well as replacing missing teeth. The goals of these treatments are not only performed to restore your oral health but to give you back your beautiful smile as well.

Why Visit a Specialist?

Prosthodontists are extensively trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. Rigorous training and experience give prosthodontists a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth. Prosthodontists are considered the leaders of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs. Learn more about the American College of Prosthodontists.

Replacement for Missing Teeth

As prosthodontists, we specialize in the replacement of missing teeth, no matter if they were lost due to gum disease, facial trauma, or other reasons. Tooth loss affects your abilities to eat and speak. It affects the quality of your smile. Tooth loss even affects the health and integrity of your jawbone. Replacing your missing teeth is critical to restoring the functions of those teeth, your smile, and your life.

Your Options for Tooth Replacement

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you do have options. Tooth replacement options include:
•  Bridges. A bridge is often used to replace a single tooth, although it can replace multiple teeth in a row, depending on the type of bridge used. The most common type of bridge is a fixed bridge. With this bridge, the pontic tooth, which fills the space in your mouth, is surrounded on both sides by a dental crown. The crowns anchor the bridge into place on your adjacent healthy teeth.
•  Partial Dentures. Partial dentures are a removable restoration designed to replace a section of missing teeth. The restoration consists of an acrylic base that holds acrylic resin teeth. The base sits directly on your gums and special clasps anchor on the teeth for solid support.
•  Full Dentures. A full denture is a removable restoration that replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. An acrylic base, which holds acrylic resin teeth, sits directly on your gums for support.
•  Dental implants. Dental implants are a modern alternative to bridges and dentures. This treatment uses small titanium implants to support your dental restorations. The posts are placed in a surgical procedure, and your bone fuses to the posts, which act like roots, holding your new teeth securely in place.

When you are faced with tooth damage or missing teeth, treatment by a professional is crucial. A Prosthodontist can restore your oral health and the appearance of your smile back to its natural beauty! For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Keith A. Boenning, DDS at (410) 828-1717 today.
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