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The Difference Between a Prosthodontist and a General Dentist

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Front Desk
Prosthodontists are dental experts who specialize in replacing teeth and reinstating your oral health and the functions of your complete mouth. Prosthodontists undergo an extensive laborious program that makes them experts in their field of work which focuses on tooth restoration and replacement. A general dentist is trained to deal with almost all routine dental care and other trivial dental procedures like the fillings. Several general dentists go through supplementary training in some specific procedures. What Makes Prosthodontists Stand Out from General Dentists? General Dentists and Prosthodontists are different in many ways. The following are some of the reasons that make a prosthodontist stand out from a general dentist. Level of education and training A prosthodontist and a general dentist's journey begin at the same place but their destinations are so diverse. All prosthodontics begin as general dentists. The journey begins with a degree program from a dental academy. A general dentist may end their education after acquiring a degree. A Prosthodontist takes an extra three years of study and training. The Scope of Their work If you need routine teeth cleaning, you should visit a general dentist. However, if you lose a tooth as a result of an injury or tooth decay, you should pay a visit to a prosthodontist. General dentists have sufficient knowledge of standard teeth extraction methods. However, if a case becomes complicated and requires surgery, the patient might be referred to a prosthodontist. Unlike general dentists, prosthodontists also undergo extensive training in cosmetic dentistry. They fix dentures, bridges, and crowns and can help you bring back that beautiful smile on your face. Is it Important to Seek a Prosthodontist's Services? General dentists can provide you with the right treatment, however, if the situation calls for specialized prosthodontics' care the general dentist will always refer you to a prosthodontist....
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Factors That Affect The Life Of Your Crowns

Posted on 10/10/2022 by Front Desk
The lifetime of dental crowns is one of the questions that come up when a patient visits a dental office. If you're curious about the number of years or decades the dental crowns will last, it is important you get the facts from a dentist. If you have not received other restorative dentistry work previously and you don't expose the crowns to external damage, the restorations can last up to 30 years or more. The average lifespan of dental crowns is somewhere between one and three decades. Having said that, here are factors that can influence the lifespan of your crowns. Tooth Grinding Bruxism is a habit in which you constantly grind and clench teeth. This habit can damage your crowns in addition to your natural teeth. You may end up with more dental issues in the long term. Improper Daily Care When you fail to brush and floss, your crowns may suffer. Reassess your oral care habits if you doubt them. Take care of your teeth to ensure that you prevent serious oral health problems. Make sure you visit a dentist to get a personalized oral care plan. Bad Chewing Habits Some people use their teeth to open a bottle, but using teeth as a tool is a big mistake. You should not underestimate how weak your teeth may be. You may think that because you have done several bottle opening exercises in the past, your dental crowns are strong. However, they may be weakening slowly without your knowledge. Only a single activity of bottle opening and your crown is damaged or fractured. Do not chew ice or try to break objects with your teeth. You may damage your natural teeth and the crowns. If you happen to break or damage your crowns, visit us for restoration. Most people who have dental insurance are able to cover a crown replacement every 5 to 10 years....
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What to Expect During Prosthodontic Treatment

Posted on 9/19/2022 by Front Desk
You must know what to expect if you are about to undergo prosthodontic treatment. This blog post will outline the expectations for both patients and dentists alike. We will discuss everything from teeth cleaning to braces adjustment appointments. By knowing what to expect, patients and dentists can ensure that the treatment process goes as smoothly as possible! Teeth Cleaning The first step in any prosthodontic treatment is thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Removing any plaque or tartar that could potentially interfere with the treatment is essential. An expert dentist will take X-rays and impressions of your teeth to create a customized treatment plan. Braces Adjustment Appointments Next, you will have to visit the orthodontist every few weeks for braces adjustment appointments. The orthodontist will tighten your braces during these appointments and make any necessary adjustments. These appointments usually take about 30 minutes to an hour. You may experience discomfort after adjusting your braces, but this is normal and should go away quickly. Taking Impressions and Measurements The prosthodontist will take impressions of your teeth and measure how they fit together. This information is used to make models of your mouth, which the prosthodontist uses to plan your treatment. You may also have X-rays taken to help the prosthodontist see the position of your teeth and jawbone. Ordering and Fitting Prosthetics Your prosthodontist will take impressions of the teeth, which will be used to make models of your mouth. These models are then used to create your prosthetic teeth. The process of making the prosthetics can take a few weeks. Once they're ready, you'll return to the office to have them fitted and adjusted as needed. You may need to return for appointments to ensure the fit is still good and that your bite is correct. Our expert prosthodontist outlines what you can expect during your treatment. Prosthodontic treatment usually takes between one and two years to complete. During this final time, you will be expected to attend regular appointments with your prosthodontist and keep your teeth and braces clean....
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All Posts:

The Difference Between a Prosthodontist and a General Dentist
10/24/2022
Factors That Affect The Life Of Your Crowns
10/10/2022
What to Expect During Prosthodontic Treatment
9/19/2022
Procedures Performed by a Prosthodontist
9/5/2022
Is Using Your Teeth Roughly Likely to Chip Your Veneers?
8/22/2022
What is Prosthodontics?
8/8/2022
Facts that you should know about dental implants
7/18/2022
Advantages of prosthesis procedures
7/4/2022
Should I Get Partial Dentures?
6/20/2022
Those Darn Grey Teeth Could Be Due To Tetracycline
6/6/2022
Why Dental X Rays Are Essential For Getting Proper Dental Care?
5/23/2022
My Teeth Are Discolored By Tetracycline: Consider Porcelain Veneers
5/9/2022
Can Baking Soda Improve Our Oral Health?
4/25/2022
3 Amazing Benefits of Dental Implants
4/11/2022
Common Causes of Denture Sores
3/21/2022
Why is the All-on-4 Treatment Becoming a Popular Choice?
3/7/2022
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
2/21/2022
Is It Sinus Pressure or a Toothache?
2/7/2022
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
1/24/2022
Are Dental Implants Cosmetic?
1/10/2022
Full Arch Dental Implants Vs. Dentures
12/23/2021
The Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures
12/10/2021
What to Know About Getting a Partial Denture
11/22/2021
Places of Your Dentures that Are Easy to Miss When Brushing Them
11/8/2021
Procedures Prosthodontists Perform
10/25/2021
Is Dental Bonding the Best Material for a Chipped Tooth?
10/11/2021
Is Using Your Teeth Roughly Will Likely Chip Your Veneers?
9/21/2021
Are Onlays and Inlays Easily Stained?
9/6/2021
What You Can Do to Help Minimize Denture Pain?
8/23/2021
Understanding Dental Implants
8/9/2021
Do Teeth Shift Around After You Get a Dental Crown?
7/26/2021
Do Sealants Protect Against Staining, Too?
7/12/2021
Do You Need an Inlay or an Onlay For Your Teeth?
6/21/2021
Some Medications Can Impact How Dental Implants Heal
6/7/2021
How Your Mouth Adjusts to a New Dental Crown
5/24/2021
Are Dental Implants the Best Solution for You?
5/10/2021
All About Dentures
4/26/2021
What if my Dental Bridge is Loose Should I Get it Fixed?
4/12/2021
Psychological Impact of Tooth loss
3/22/2021
How to Ensure Success of Your Dental Implants?
3/8/2021
What is a Peg Tooth?
2/22/2021
Come See Us if Your Jaw Has Been Popping or Clicking
2/8/2021
We Can Make Treating Oral Cancer Easier
1/25/2021
Bone Grafts Require a Careful Recovery
1/11/2021
Is Dental Bonding Good at Fixing Dental Issues?
12/21/2020
What Makes a CEREC Crown Different?
12/7/2020
How Implants and Dentures Work Together
11/16/2020
Brushing Teeth As a Caregiver Means Needing to Watch for Signs of Trouble
11/9/2020
Is Keeping Your Dentures Moist Necessary?
10/19/2020
Custom Dentures Can Be the Perfect Solution
10/5/2020
What to Do if a Dental Crown Comes Loose
9/21/2020
What Job Does a Bridge Actually Have for Your Mouth?
9/7/2020
How to Adjust to a New Set of Dentures
8/24/2020
Ways of Properly Caring for New Bonding
8/10/2020
What to Expect Following the Placement of a Dental Crown
7/23/2020
Reasons to Consider Upgrading Your Dentures This Year
7/7/2020
Dentures Can Be a Great Option, Even if You Are Young
6/22/2020
Tips for Caregivers Helping Someone with Dentures
6/8/2020
How Guided Tissue Regeneration Can Restore Your Gums
5/29/2020
What Are the Most Common Sources of Dental Pain?
5/15/2020
:How Teeth Grinding Can Damage Dentures
4/20/2020
Questions Most New Denture Wearers Ask Us
4/10/2020
Times Where You May Need to Have a Temporary Crown Installed
3/20/2020
Pros and Cons of Getting Overdentures
3/10/2020
How Dried Out Dentures Can Hurt Your Mouth
2/20/2020
What Is the Purpose of Brushing Your Dentures?
2/10/2020
How a Single Missing Tooth Harms Your Jaw Bone
1/20/2020
Foods that Can Cause Problems During Implant Recovery
1/10/2020
Three Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Dentures in the Next Year
12/20/2019
Most Important Rules When Taking Care of Dentures
12/10/2019
Could a Bridge be the Right Answer for Your TMD?
11/20/2019
Common Repairs Dental Bonding Can Make
11/10/2019
Most Common Denture Mistakes New Denture Wearers Often Make
10/20/2019
How to Care for Dental Bonding So It Lasts as Long as Possible
10/10/2019
The Best Foods While Getting Used to Dentures
9/20/2019
What Do You Need to Know When Getting Used to New Dentures?
9/10/2019
How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
8/20/2019
Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
8/10/2019
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
7/20/2019
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?
7/10/2019
Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
6/20/2019
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
6/10/2019
Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
5/20/2019
Will Everyone Eventually Have Dentures?
5/10/2019
You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
4/20/2019
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
4/10/2019
Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
3/20/2019
Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
3/10/2019
Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
2/20/2019
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
2/10/2019
Make Sure to Keep Dentures Moist
1/20/2019
Loose Bridges Need Treatment Before They Cause Damage
1/10/2019
Is Denture Adhesive Your Only Option to Stabilize Your Dentures?
12/25/2018
How to Prevent Denture Halitosis
12/15/2018
What is Denture Relining?
11/25/2018
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
11/15/2018
How to Get Used to Brand New Dentures
10/25/2018
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
10/15/2018
Who is the Best Candidate for Implant Surgery?
9/25/2018
Top 3 Myths About Getting Root Canals
9/15/2018
What Wears Down Dental Bonding?
8/23/2018
Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know
8/13/2018
Is There Any Special Trick to Protecting Dental Bonding?
7/20/2018
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?
7/10/2018
What Can Cause Denture Sores?
6/25/2018
Ways of Keeping Veneers as Long as Possible
6/15/2018
Foods That Can Hurt Your Mouth Following Dental Implant Placement
5/25/2018
Danger of Trying to Wear Dry Dentures
5/15/2018
Why Partial Dentures Need Support to Stay In Place
4/20/2018
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to New Dentures?
4/10/2018
How Partial Dentures Are Held In Place
3/23/2018
Do You Need an Overdenture?
3/13/2018
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
2/23/2018
Things to Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery
2/13/2018
Can You Get Benefits from Dentures and Implants At the Same Time?
1/23/2018
Can Denture Cements Hurt Your Gums?
1/13/2018
What Things Can Stain Your Dental Bonding?
12/23/2017
What Makes Gold Ideal For Dental Crowns?
12/13/2017
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
11/23/2017
Who is Most at Risk for a Dental Allergy?
11/13/2017
What Happens to Your Gums When You Take Your Dentures Out?
10/23/2017
What Can't You Eat with Dentures?
10/13/2017
Signs of an Oral Appliance Allergy to Be Watchful Of
9/27/2017
Knowing When Your Dentures Need to be Realigned
9/17/2017
Adjusting After a Dental Crown Placement
8/25/2017
Why Wisdom Teeth Don't Need Replacing but Other Teeth Do
8/15/2017
Dentures Can Wreak Havok on Your Gums If You Aren't Careful
7/30/2017
Dental Implants Can Keep You Looking and Feeling Young
7/23/2017
Helping Elderly People Care for Their Aging Teeth
6/25/2017
Dental Crowns Can Come Loose - How to Protect Your Teeth
6/15/2017
When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth
5/27/2017
What Makes Custom Dentures Different?
5/17/2017
When Crowns Should be Used Instead of Fillings
4/27/2017
Signs of a Denture Allergy
4/17/2017
How a Crown Gets Placed After a Root Canal
3/27/2017
Caring for Dental Bonding to Help Them Last
3/17/2017
What You Should Expect During a Bridge Consult
2/27/2017
Do You Need a Night Mouth Guard?
2/17/2017
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy When You Wear Dentures
1/27/2017
How to Care for Dental Bonding
1/17/2017
Common Symptoms of Ill-Fitting Dentures
12/30/2016
Bruxism and Dentures - Be On the Lookout
12/20/2016
Proper Denture Care is Imperative for Good Oral Health
11/30/2016
Getting Your Dentures to Stay in Place
11/20/2016
Should You Do Half Implants and Half Dentures?
10/30/2016
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures
10/20/2016
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