A prosthodontist is a recognized dental specialist in using prostheses to repair damaged teeth and improve the appearance of your teeth. This often makes them the best choice for restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

A dental specialist is a dentist who undertakes additional training in a specialty area recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). They are certified by a board dedicated to that type of dentistry to prove that they have superior training and knowledge in that area. Many dentists will claim to be different types of dentists, but there are only a few types of recognized dental specialties, including prosthodontics.

Dental implants are made of multiple parts. This includes the implant itself, which is surgically implanted in your jaw, and the visible part of the implant, the restoration. This makes placing implants a complicated procedure that involves knowledge from multiple dental specialties. If you work with just one dentist for your dental implant, that dentist is working outside their specialty for at least some of the procedure (and most dentists aren’t specialists in any part of the implant procedure). This can affect the level of care you receive. If you want specialist care for your entire dental implant procedure, it’s best to work with two dentists: one for the implant procedure and one for the restoration.

At South Bay Prosthodontics, we are happy to work with your implant dentist, if you have one. We can also recommend an outstanding implant dentist if you need a referral.

No. Although we are prosthodontists accepting referrals from doctors and dentists, you can contact us without a referral if you need our care.

Yes. In fact, we recommend them. Any time you are considering a major dental procedure, it’s best to get a second opinion to be sure you are doing what’s best for your oral and overall health.

We don’t coordinate dental financing in our office. However, there are many easily accessible financing options for dental procedures. We frequently work with these companies when our patients receive financing through them.

As soon as possible. The sooner you involve a maxillofacial prosthodontist in the rehabilitation of orofacial trauma or defects, the better they can help you achieve optimal results. When your doctor tells you that a procedure might require rehabilitation during recovery, involve a maxillofacial prosthodontist in the planning to help prepare you for better results later.