When you need help with your teeth, there are many different options to discuss with a prosthodontist. Your prosthodontist’s recommended treatment can first involve a long process with a series of evaluation steps. At Dakota Prosthetics and Implant Center, your treatment is as unique as you are. Dr. Lassle and his Dakota Prosthodontics and Implant Center staff have a wide range of services to determine your best options. We take the time necessary to find the best treatment option for you. Here’s how.
1. Evaluating Your Dental Issues
The first thing that your prosthodontist will need is a description of the problem. Prosthodontists treat everything from cosmetic issues to dental trauma. You will need to discuss which tooth or teeth are involved. Has the problem developed slowly, or was this a sudden change? You can describe the feeling of pain, lack of pain, or numbness accompanying the situation. Finally, you will need to discuss your hope for the outcome.
2. Reviewing Your Dental and Medical History
Secondly, you will discuss your dental history with your prosthodontist. If you’ve had previous dental work performed or maybe haven’t sought treatment in years, these are the details your prosthodontist will want to discuss with you. Additionally, your prosthodontist will also need a complete medical history. Your prescribed dental treatments may vary should you have medical issues or allergies, for example.
3. The Prosthodontist Performs an Exam
After discussing your issues, history, and oral health goals, the doctor will want to look at the affected teeth. The exam involves a thorough dental evaluation. The prosthodontist will look at the affected tooth as well as the teeth around it. The exam will typically include a complete review of your oral health condition, including your gums, tongue, and oral soft tissue.
4. X-Rays and Digital Imaging
An exam can tell your prosthodontist many things, but much of your dental health lies beneath the surface. Digital imaging, X-rays, CT scans, and cone-beam CT scanners are specifically designed to look at the roots of your teeth as well as the health of the bones below. These imaging steps are necessary to identify any potential issues to consider when choosing the proper treatment.
5. Discussing a Customized Treatment Plan with Your Prosthodontist
Once your oral exam and imaging are complete, your prosthodontist will create a customized treatment plan for your unique situation. You can then discuss the details about the recommended plan of action, which will likely include a series of additional appointments, specific dental procedures, potential risks, and ideal results. During this discussion, you’ll be able to ask any remaining questions you might have, so you can be confident in moving forward with treatments.
When you and your prosthodontist consider all of these factors, it will point you toward the best treatment. We at Dakota Prosthodontics and Implant Center want you to have the best treatment for your dental issues. So, when you’re ready to explore your options, contact us!