Prosthodontics: What to Know

Prosthodontics is a subsection within the dental industry and it deals with implant and cosmetic procedures that are needed. The American Dentistry Association describes the field as a “dental specialty that pertains 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 oral maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes”.

Some of the most common prosthodontic procedures performed in our La Habra office include:

• Dental implants
• Dental crowns
• Porcelain veneers
• Dental bridges
• Full mouth reconstruction
• Dentures

The Prosthodontist and You

A prosthodontist is trained in this specialty field and Dr. Cho is able to provide you with a comprehensive level of dental care. You will find that Dr. Cho is able to repair any type of tooth conditions and provide you with the care you need to improve your smile, bite, and jaw. Dental treatments may not always go as planned and if you have received poor dental work from another provider, Dr. Cho can correct the problem for you.

Dr. Cho will work one on one with you to help find the best treatment plan that works for your dental needs. It is vital that you know there is no single plan or cookie cutter treatment that can cure all dental problems. ALL dental issues should be tailored to YOUR needs. Dr. Cho will take a look at your mouth and then map out what treatments will work best and how you can benefit from them. Whether you have a broken tooth, you are missing a tooth, or you need to restructure your smile, Dr. Cho can do it for you.

Types of Treatments within the Prosthodontics Specialty

When it comes to treatment under the prosthodontics umbrella, the main focus of the care is to restore your smile and teeth. There are many different treatments that can be used, but each one works differently and has its own pros and cons. Dr. Cho will make sure that you know what treatments are available and which ones are best for you. From there, you and he can decide on the proper one.

Below, we will go over some of the different prosthodontics treatment options available to you in our La Habra office.

1. Reconstructive Dentistry

Reconstructive dentistry is a type of dental specialty that involves more than just a single treatment. In fact, most reconstructive procedures involve multiple procedures that need to be completed. Dental implants, crowns, and dentures are all considered part of this specialty and you may receive one or more of them. This type of procedure is more expensive, but the results are permanent, which means that it is a lasting treatment.

The entire purpose behind this treatment is to restore your smile and allow you to receive a boost of confidence once again. Patients who have this treatment performed often feel much better about themselves.
The most common reconstructive procedure is dental implants. This procedure is a wonderful tooth replacement option and it involves the surgical implantation of titanium rods into your jaw bone. Once your jaw has healed, abutments and crowns will be placed on the rods and you will be able to enjoy a beautiful smile once again.

Dentures are the second most common option under this procedure and they are ideal for those patients who cannot have dental implants. The dentures are made to fit right into your mouth for a customized fit and feel.

2. Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a type of reconstructive procedure that is not as in depth as reconstructive surgery. In fact, many patients like this option and choose it for their procedure. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed over your tooth to hide stains, cracks, and misshapen teeth. The veneer is adhered to the tooth itself and is a permanent solution.

Veneers are ideal for those who do not need extensive work to restore their smile. One of the benefits of dental veneers is that they can be color matched to your natural teeth.

3. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace any missing teeth that you may have in your mouth. The dental bridge is an alternative to traditional dental implants and the bridge is held by teeth on both sides of the gap to anchor and support it. If you do have enough jaw bone, you may be a good candidate for implant supported bridges, which is a more permanent solution. A traditional dental bridge can be removed from your mouth as needed.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

If you think you are a candidate for prosthodontic treatment, you will first need to contact Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra to schedule an appointment. From there, you will come into our office for a consultation with Dr. Cho. Dr. Cho will go over your dental history with you and determine what areas of your mouth need the most focus.

Typically, your consultation will involve an exam complete with x-rays to see your teeth and the surrounding tissues and joints. Dr. Cho will evaluate these x-rays and then let you know what the outcome of the situation is. If you are a good candidate for prosthodontic treatment, Dr. Cho will let you know what procedures he thinks is best.

Your first appointment is nothing to be afraid of and it is unlikely that any work will be done at that time unless there is an emergency.

Turn Your Frown Upside Down Today

If you have a tendency to hide your smile out in public, now is the time to head to the phone and call our La Habra office. Dr. Cho is ready to provide you with a smile that you can be proud of at all times.

Whether you know what procedure you would like to have done or you would like to be evaluated, call our office today to schedule your FREE prosthodontics consultation with Dr. Cho. We can’t wait to see you smile again.

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