Common Misconceptions About Prosthodontics

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Dental Picks, Mirror and Gauze on a Paper Lined Tray

It goes without saying that dentistry in and of itself is a complex area of study, and on the surface, we can clearly see different specialties that target specific areas. For example, cosmetic dentistry involves treatment to surface-level issues, whereas restorative care is the practice of treating damage or infections after they have taken place in order to restore the value of your bite. Indeed, it can be confusing determining which areas of care a specialist may practice, leading to the common misconception that dentist and specialist are interchangeable when they are in fact not. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS prosthodontist identifies common misconceptions about prosthodontics and what we do.

All Dentists are Prosthodontists

The way the human body functions, interacts, and overall works is an incredibly complex and fascinating process. There are various systems and events that happen on a neuronal level, accounting for any and every capability you have. In other words, you as a person are comprised of a system of various systems that work in conjunction with or parallel to each other, and every role is important.

Because there is much complexity to different areas of the body, specialized fields emerge to provide not only a greater in-depth understanding of these functions, but to ensure greater quality of specialized care such as in prosthodontics.

You see, prosthodontics is a specialty under dentistry that places a focus on the design, creation, and fitting of artificial replacements for teeth, as well as other parts of the mouth. To become a prosthodontist, a person must complete three additional years following dental school and obtain the necessary certification. To learn more about this process, give our team a call today.

Treatment is Expensive

Another misconception out there is that treatment is expensive and therefore unattainable for most. While prosthodontics is a highly specialized area of treatment, it actually runs about the same pricing as standard or general dentistry. What’s more? Treatment targeting individual-specific concerns and utilize quality equipment provide a better insight into your needs and allows you treat an issue sooner rather than later. Give our team a call today to learn more.

They Only Do Implants

While the process of prosthodontics might appear interchangeable with prosthesis, that is not all a specialist may treat. In cases where jaw bone degradation has occurred, or in instances of making space for your dental implant, a prosthodontist can perform a number of maxillofacial procedures to improve breathing or bite complications.

Schedule Your Appointment

To learn more about the fascinating areas of prosthodontic care, or to schedule your next appointment with our team, contact Dr. Stuart Dexter, Prosthodontist in Prairie Village, KS by calling 913-362-8200 today.