Prosthodontics treatment is often the ideal solution for patients with broken, decayed, discolored or missing teeth. Modern prosthodontic technology can replace or restore teeth to their natural appearance and function. Your prosthodontist will work closely with you and your general dentist to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs.
Patients throughout the Twin Cities trust The Dental Specialists for prosthodontics because of our reputation, experience and state-of-the-art resources. Our Dental Implant Center in Coon Rapids is the destination of choice for implant treatments in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Whether you need a crown, dental implants or full dentures, we're here to help. Please read these resources prior to your visit and contact our office with any questions you may have.
Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This visit typically lasts 45 minutes and gives us valuable insight into your prosthodontic needs.
To expedite treatment, we may reserve time following the exam for diagnostic records that include digital radiographs, photos and impressions. These study models are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan.
During the initial examination, we will address a variety of questions that cover the basics of prosthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
During your appointment, we will analyze all your records and develop the best treatment plan for your unique needs. We will discuss all the options and details with you including how long treatment will take and how much it will cost.
After your treatment, your doctor will give you an after care routine to ensure you get the optimal life out of your new teeth. It can take several months for your mouth to completely heal after dental implants. Proper eating habits and hygiene are essential to aid in the recovery process and to prolong the life of your prosthetics.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a specialist in the replacement or restoration of teeth and jaw structures utilizing artificial materials. A prosthodontist must complete three to four additional years of training in a prosthodontics program accredited by the American Dental Association. This extensive training includes literature review, lectures, patient treatment and restoration fabrication in the laboratory.
Why should I use a prosthodontist?
Known as experts in dental restoration and rehabilitation, prosthodontists have extensive training in many procedures including: dentures, removable partial dentures, crowns, bridges, caps, veneers and dental implants. Prosthodontists also undergo training in placing dental implants surgically.
How is a prosthodontist different from a cosmetic dentist?
While the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, it does not recognize “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialty. During their three- to four-year graduate programs, prosthodontists receive extensive training and experience in dental esthetics and cosmetics. Many cosmetic dentists receive training through weekend or weeklong seminars or a series of courses.
What if I have an emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa.
What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and is attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.
Why do teeth need dental crowns?
A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. A crown may be recommended to strengthen a tooth, restore a tooth to its original shape or to improve the appearance of a tooth. New technology allows us to fabricate crowns completely from resin or porcelain, ensuring the most natural life-like results.