Why a Prosthodontist

Dr. Louisa Gallegos is an experienced prosthodontist specializing in restorative dentistry. Dr. Gallegos’ advanced training allows her to treat complex dental situations, including implants and full mouth restorations.

What is Prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a sector of dentistry dedicated to replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontic treatments can include veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, partial dentures, full dentures, traumatic tooth injuries, and congenital tooth deformities.

What Is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in dental restoration and replacement of damaged or missing teeth. A prosthodontist has completed advanced training after they complete dental school, which is an additional three years of training. The expertise of a prosthodontist includes cosmetic restorations in addition to:

  • Complex dental cases.
  • Complex dentures and partials.
  • Congenital tooth deformities.
  • Dental implants.
  • Full mouth restorations and rehabilitation.
  • Traumatic tooth injuries.

How are prosthodontists different from general dentists or dental specialists?

A general dentist is similar to your family medical doctor. Their focus is on diagnosing, treating, and managing your general dental needs. General dentists must complete four years of dental school to earn a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry.

While a prosthodontist has to complete the same requirements as a general dentist, they also need to complete an additional three years of post-graduate training after dental school. Prosthodontists are considered specialized in their field. They specialize in replacing missing teeth by designing, fabricating and placing dental prosthetics, bridges, implants, veneers, and crowns.

Why Should I See a Prosthodontist?

While general dentists can provide exceptional care, they may not have the additional training needed to manage your dental needs. An experienced prosthodontist, like Dr. Gallegos, offers specialized care using only the latest dental technologies available in restorative dentistry.

What Is a Prosthodontic Appliance?

Prosthodontic appliances comes in various forms, which include dentures, bridges, crowns, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. After a comprehensive examination, Dr. Gallegos will help you decide which type of prosthodontic appliance is best for you.

What Is the Difference Between Orthodontics and Prosthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized field in dentistry that focuses on straightening your teeth. An orthodontist is the dental specialist who works with you to apply traditional braces, fit you for retainers, or help you get started with Invisalign. A prosthodontist works closely with an Orthodontist to ensure the best treatment outcome. A prosthodontist's role involves creating prosthetics that replace missing teeth.

How To Choose the Right Prosthodontist?

Choosing the right prosthodontist begins with a preliminary consultation. You should ask a variety of questions to ensure you choose the right dental professional. Some of the most important questions to ask include:

  • What are your credentials?
  • What is their safety protocol?
  • What procedures do they perform?
  • Do they have an on-site lab?
  • What is their follow-up policy?
  • How do they handle emergencies?

In addition to the above questions, you need to feel comfortable speaking with them. The right prosthodontist will take the time to answer all of your questions to your satisfaction. Dr. Gallegos is happy to answer any questions you have, ensuring that you feel at ease before and during your dental restoration procedures.

If you’d like to learn more about the dental restoration procedures Dr. Gallegos offers, contact our Denver, Colorado office at 303-316-4043.

Louisa Gallegos, DDS, MSD Prosthodontist

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