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Q. What is a prosthodontist?
A. A prosthodontist is a specialist in the replacement or restoration of teeth and jaw structures utilizing artificial materials. A prosthodontist must complete three additional years of training in a prosthodontics program accredited by the American Dental Association. This extensive training includes literature review, lectures, patient treatment and restoration fabrication in the laboratory.
Q. Why should I use a prosthodontist?
A. Known as experts in dental restoration and rehabilitation, prosthodontists have extensive training in many procedures including: dentures, removable partial dentures, crowns, bridges, caps, veneers, and dental implants. Prosthodontists also undergo training in placing dental implants surgically.
Q. How is a prosthodontist different from a general dentist?
A. While the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, it does not recognize “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialty. During their three year graduate programs, prosthodontists receive extensive training and experience in dental esthetics and cosmetics. Many cosmetic dentists are general dentists who receive training through weekend or weeklong seminars or a series of courses.
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Q. What if I have an emergency?
A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
A. Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. We also participate with Care Credit.
Q. What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
A. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.
Q. Why do teeth need dental crowns?
A. A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. A crown may be recommended to strengthen a tooth, restore a tooth to its original shape or to improve the appearance of a tooth. New technology allows us to fabricate crowns completely from resin or porcelain, ensuring the most natural life-like results.