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What to Expect at Your First Prosthodontist Appointment
There are many reasons to seek out a prosthodontist for treatment. If you’ve been referred to one, or are simply gathering more information, it’s helpful to know in general what you can expect.
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed additional years of training and education in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Unlike a general dentist or even a cosmetic dentist, a prosthodontist has in-depth knowledge and vast experience in treating extensive functional and cosmetic problems with teeth. You can expect your first appointment with a prosthodontist to reflect this level of training and experience.
Expect a thorough consultation
You most likely have an appointment with a prosthodontist because your general dentist referred you to them for specialized treatment. This appointment is generally a consultation where you and your doctor can talk about your current situation and your smile goals with treatment. This is the time to tell your prosthodontist what you hope to accomplish with their restorative treatment.
Expect to discuss your medical and dental history
Your prosthodontist will need to know your dental and medical history to properly treat you. Conditions like diabetes and habits like chronic teeth grinding and clenching can affect the long-term success of restorative treatment. Your prosthodontist will be able to determine a personalized treatment plan that best fits with your current situation and future goals for the greatest long-term success.
Expect treatment to be comprehensive
A prosthodontist has the skills and experience to provide comprehensive treatment involving multiple procedures to restore the health and function of your smile. Similarly, he or she will also use artistry to design a beautiful and natural-looking new smile for you. Your treatment may have multiple steps before it is complete, but you can expect this process to be efficient, providing you with the results you want.
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