Finding the right prosthodontist can be the difference between a bright, white smile and a pain in the…jaw. But there are ways to find a board-certified prosthodontist right in your own backyard.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist that specializes in replacing lost teeth. They specialize in restoring your mouth to health and functionality.
In addition to a regular dental degree, a prosthodontist must attend three extra years of education to become board certified. Your dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist if you lose a tooth through disease or accident.
You may also see a prosthodontist to treat the pain of TMJ. Additionally, prosthodontists may work with people who suffer from sleep apnea or snoring, and they are often part of a treatment team for more serious issues, such as cleft palate or reconstruction after oral cancer.
What will your prosthodontist do?
Lost teeth are more than just an unsightly nuisance. If you can’t chew properly, you can develop stomach issues. Without the constant pressure of chewing, your jaw can lose bone, causing your face actually to change shape.
Your prosthodontist will look at any problems related to your tooth loss. X-rays and your health history will help them identify the issues related to tooth loss and help them determine how to replace the teeth.
What methods does a prosthodontist use?
Dental implants offer many different replacement options. Your prosthodontist uses the latest techniques to replace missing teeth. He or she can permanently replace a single tooth or create an entire plate that snaps on and off of implanted bases.
In the case of teeth damaged by decay or wear, your prosthodontist can apply thin ceramic veneers that change the appearance of otherwise healthy teeth. They can also work with you to bring equilibrium to your mouth, soothing the pain of TMJ.
How can I find a prosthodontist in North Dakota?
The best way to find a board-certified prosthodontist in North Dakota is to check with the American Board of Prosthodontics search page.
Put “North Dakota” in the box marked “state” and add a range of “within 50 miles” to ensure that you will not get prosthodontists results from Florida and California.
The first name to pop up on that search in North Dakota will be Dr. Michale Lassle of Dakota Prosthetic and Implant Center. Dr. Lassle is certified in prosthodontics and both IV and oral sedation to keep you cool, calm, and comfortable throughout your journey to a brighter smile.