Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth. After completing four years of dental school, prosthodontists receive three additional years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate education program. Rigorous training provides prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth, and the creation of aesthetic and functional tooth replacements.

The prosthodontist deals with simple to complicated full mouth restorations that may involve crowns, veneers, fixed bridges, dentures, dental implants, or mixed implant and natural tooth restorations. They can also provide routine dental care. They are skilled in the management of TMJ-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth's structures and/or teeth and snoring or sleep disorders. Those prosthodontists with additional training in maxillofacial prosthetics are trained to manage oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. 

Serving as the "architect" of a dental treatment plan, prosthodontists collaborate with general dentists, other dental specialists and health care professionals to develop solutions to your dental concerns.

Your general dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist for more complex cases.

A bridge—also known as a fixed partial denture—replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth are missing. Similar to crowns, bridges prevent your teeth from shifting and close open spaces with a natural-looking artificial tooth. This reduces the stresses from your bite by replacing the missing tooth and helps maintain the shape of your face. Bridges come in both fixed and removable options. Your dentist can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Full or partial dentures give people who have lost all or some of their teeth the ability to eat, speak and smile. The full denture replaces all of the patient’s natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Without the support of teeth, facial muscles may begin to sag. The partial denture simply replaces missing teeth so the remaining teeth do not move or become crooked. Crooked teeth are difficult to clean which results in decay and other dental problems.

A crown fits over a tooth like a cap to restore it to its normal shape and size. In essence, it “resurfaces” and rebuilds the tooth. Crowns are often used when a tooth has lost its strength and structural integrity due to a larger cavity, fracture or excessive fillings. Crowns are used to restore teeth, attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth, restore fractured teeth, cover poorly shaped or colored teeth, and/or cover dental implants. Crowns are custom-made in a dental laboratory based on an impression made of your tooth. They are typically made out of a metal alloy, porcelain or a combination of the two. You and your dentist will determine the optimal approach based on the position of the tooth and other factors.

Dental implants are changing the way people live and are often the best option for people who have experienced tooth loss. They are the closest thing to natural teeth that modern dental technology has to offer. They are a desirable alternative to dentures as these are “permanent teeth” that look, feel and function similar to natural teeth. Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The posts act as tooth root substitutes and, within three to six months, the bone bonds with the titanium to create a strong foundation for artificial teeth. If you are considering dental implants, give us a call and we will thoroughly examine your mouth and dental records to determine if they are a good option.

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TMJ disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be glad to know these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.

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These fillings, commonly known as “white fillings” are a metal-free restorative option. They blend in with your natural teeth and will not crack the remaining tooth structure.

Restorative services help restore a lost or damaged tooth due to dental disease or injury. These services include fillings, crowns and bridges, implants, gum disease treatments and root canals. At Fusion Dental Group, we will do everything we can to repair the functional structures of your mouth. Our highly-trained team of dental professionals offers a wide range of restorative dental services to help you feel more comfortable talking, eating and living your daily life.

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Your dentist will perform the exam and check for cavities and other conditions. He/she will discuss the results of the exam and answer questions about your recommended treatment or dental health in general.

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored coverings that are custom designed and permanently bonded to your tooth. The purpose is to protect the surface of damaged teeth. Veneers have other benefits including durability, an improved smile, and little to no removal of existing tooth structure. Veneers protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatment. Made out of state of the art porcelain, veneers mimic the properties of enamel, creating a beautiful, natural-looking smile.