Why See A Prosthodontist?
The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, prosthodontists are THE recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth to multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth! While many other dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists, like Dr. Chapokas, are board-certified specialists dedicated to this type of care.
Prosthodontists expertly restore and replace teeth. They have received three additional years of training after completing dental school. Prosthodontists are considered the “quarterback” of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs. Prosthodontists also understand patients’ unique needs, such as:
- Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures, including oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
- TMD, TMJ, or other jaw joint problems
- Traumatic injuries
- Snoring and sleep disorders
- Cleft palate and other congenital conditions that affect the mouth
Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.