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Prosthodontics

What is Prosthodontics?
“Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.” – The Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms (JPD 2005)
 
Are all prosthodontists board certified?
No. Less than 25% of all prosthodontics are board certified. Dental specialties are not required to become board certified in their specialty field. All dentist are required to become board certified in general dentistry in order to legally practice.
 
How does a Prosthodontist become board certified?
A multi part test consisting of a part 1) A computerized written examination and part 2-4) Oral examination including completely documented cases.
 
What are the ADA accredited dental specialties?
There are 9 American Dental Association accredited dental specialties: Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.
http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/dental-specialties/specialty-definitions
 
What is a cosmetic dentist?
A title any dentist can hold primarily used to promote their business. The only dental specialty that is specifically trained for and recognized by the ADA for cosmetic dentistry is the Prosthodontist.
 
What is an implant dentist?
A title any dentist can hold primarily used to promote their business. The only dental specialties that are specifically trained and recognized by the ADA for implant placement is the Periodontist and Oral Surgeon. There are 1-2 year implant courses in schools that can provide extra training in implantology.
 

 

Restorations

How long do fillings last?

How long do crowns/bridges last?

How long do dentures last?

Instructions for Prevident 5000 Plus Toothpaste

http://www.colgateprofessional.com/products/colgate-prevident-5000-plus/faqs

 

Safety

Is Flouride safe?

What are metal fillings?

Are Silver Amalgam (Mercury) fillings safe?

What are composite fillings?

Are composite fillings safe?

What are inlays/onlays?

Are there types of veneers?

How do I know if I can get veneers versus crowns?

Why porcelain crowns over PFM (porcelain fused to metal)?

What is a bridge?

What is a post?

What is a dental implant?

Are dental implants safe?

How long do implants take to complete?

What are mini implants?

Do I need a bone graft?

What is a sinus lift?

What are overdentures?

What is a hybrid?

What is CEREC CAD/CAM digital one day crowns/fillings?

 

 

Should I get sedated for my dental work?

I am fearful/anxious of the dentist, is there are way to help me?

I am fearful of the needle/anesthesia/shot, is there a way to make it not/less painful?

 

Other questions

Are grills bad for your teeth?

Are tongue or lip rings/studs bad for your mouth?

What causes grinding or clenching?

How can I prevent grinding or clenching?

 

Can bleaching damage my teeth?

Hygeine

How many times a day do I need to brush?

How many times a day do I need to floss?

What are proper techniques of oral hygiene?

 

Dentures

Why are my dentures loose?

How do I take care of my dentures?

What is an immediate denture?

What is a partial denture?

Are there different types of partial dentures?

How do I use denture adhesive?

When do I need to use polydent tablets?

 

 

Emergency questions

What do I do if my tooth is cracked?

What do I do if tooth is chipped/broken?

What do I do if my tooth came out?

Why are my teeth very sensitive?

Why is my tooth hurting?

Why is my implant loose?

What do I do if my crown or bridge is loose/came out?

 

Why does my denture hurt when I bite?

What do I do if my temporary crown came out?

 

What do I do if my dog chewed my removable appliance (denture, night guard, retainer)?