Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What Should I know About My Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is more than a dentist. They spend extra time in school to become specialists of restoring smiles that have been impacted by trauma, severe periodontal disease or diseases that may have impacted the mouth. While all dental professionals may seem the same prosthodontist stand out among the rest and they are not all the same. Here are a couple of questions you should ask before spending your money and time.

1.    What is their education?  Not all education is equal. Some Universities provide a more rigorous program than others and University programs can be accredited differently. Dr. Judy Strutz recommends finding out what program your prosthodontist is certified by in order to make sure you are in the best hands possible.

2.   The number of years they have been in prosthodontist makes a difference. While everyone has to begin somewhere and being new doesn’t mean incompetence. You’ll want to know if they are newer to the profession. The customized work that creates a beautiful smile is crafted in each one of Dr. Strutz’s cases and is based off of years of experience.

3.   Prosthodontist work closely with labs to rebuild your smile. Information on the labs that they will be working with can ensure not only an amazing restored smile but also at a cost you can afford. Part of the money you pay for is the lab work that is going to be done.

4.   Different restorations allow for a variety of options. Some individuals may only work with certain substances for veneers or completing implants. New technology and a variety of substances will change the look and amount of time your appliance will last. Educating yourself on the different materials available can help you make a more educated decision on whether the prosthodontist your working with can fit your needs.

5.   Their personality, will impact your comfort level. We all pay for and spend time with the people that we feel the most comfortable with. Restoring a smile is not an over night job and the last thing you want to do is start a big job like this and not finish because you are uncomfortable with the person that is completing the work. Make sure their personality is a good fit for you.

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