When it comes to dental procedures, such as crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures, your general dentist can usually perform most of the same services. However, there may be times when your general dentist will refer you to a specialist. This could be due to the complexity of the procedure, the patient's health, or because you believe that your procedure requires a provider with additional, specialized training. In these cases, a prosthodontist is the ideal specialist to consult. Prosthodontists are dental specialists who specialize in restoring and replacing teeth.
They have advanced training in manufacturing removable or non-removable dentures or replacement teeth for patients who are missing some or all of their teeth. This includes porcelain crowns and bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures. Prosthodontists are considered to be the leaders of the dental treatment plan. They often lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs. The American College of Prosthodontists is the organization of dentists with advanced specialized training who create optimal oral health, both in function and appearance, including dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns and teeth whitening.