There are many interesting specialties in dentistry, and prosthodontics is one of the most important. This concentration focuses on restoring function to patients who have extensive teeth and/or bone loss through the use of implants, bridges, and dental prosthetics, like dentures.
Patients who need a prosthodontist may have congenital tooth deformities or conditions that impact the shape, alignment, or function of the jaw. Those who have suffered tooth trauma or mouth injuries can also benefit from working with a prosthodontist. As a specialist, they can manage complex cases and recommend the best treatments to restore aesthetics and functionality. Along with them, patients find that they often regain confidence as well.
The Role of a Prosthodontist
A dentist who specializes in restorative dentistry is a prosthodontist; they have completed dental school and an additional prosthodontist training or residency program. Because of this, they know how to perform complex repairs and even full mouth restorations on a variety of patients.
In addition to those who have congenital conditions, prosthodontists also support patients who have had serious tooth or bone loss from oral cancer or other diseases. They also customize and personalize treatments for patients that help address their concerns and support their greatest well-being.
Types of Prosthodontic Treatments
You can see a prosthodontist for a wide range of dental treatments, including:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Dental prosthetics
General dentists typically refer patients out for restorative services; when you work with a prosthodontist, they can handle both your general dental needs and restorative treatment at the same time.
Are You Looking for a Prosthodontist?
Dr. Lousia Gallegos, DDS, MSD, is a certified prosthodontist in Denver, CO. She was the first woman accepted to the University of Washington School of Dentistry Fixed Prosthodontic program, where she specialized in periodontal prosthodontics.
She has been in practice for nearly 40 years and is always happy to help new patients find the right treatment for their needs.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can book online, send a message, or call the office at 303-316-4034.