What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a specialty in the field of dentistry that deals with resolving issues associated with missing or impaired teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues with biocompatible substitutes. Prosthodontists have graduated from dental school and then have had three additional years of advanced education and training in a post-graduate program that has been accredited by the American Dental Association.

Thomas C. Jew DDS addresses these areas as a whole connected region to determine the potential causes and appropriate treatment of what is ailing you. Our process includes:

  • diagnosing the issue
  • planning treatment
  • establishing an appropriate rehabilitation routine
  • determining how to maintain oral functionality
  • managing comfort
  • addressing oral appearance
  • restoring and maintaining health and wellness

Why do I need prosthodontic care?

When the conditions of your teeth, jaws, face and any oral tissues are compromised you may wish to seek a prosthodontic assessment.  

Teeth may be missing or impaired due to an accident, poor oral hygiene and habits over the years, or certain genetic issues. Oral and maxillofacial – or jaw and face – tissues may need prosthodontic treatment for the same reasons.

If you believe that something needs to be replaced in your mouth, a prosthodontist is the specialized dentist you want to speak with to take care of your issue.  

What are some prosthodontic treatments?

There are many ways a prosthodontist may want to address your situation. Some treatments and procedures include:

  • bridges
  • cosmetic dentistry
  • crowns
  • dental implants
  • dental surgery
  • dentures
  • fixed prosthodontics
  • inlays and onlays
  • partial dentures
  • temporomandibular disorders (TMJ)
  • veneers