What is the difference between a prosthodontist and an orthodontist? Why would I choose one over the other? Why can’t my dentist handle all my dental issues? These are just some of the questions people have when their family dentists suggest they need to see a dental specialist.
General dentists, orthodontists, and prosthodontists all share very similar skill sets, but there is one key difference. After graduating from dental school, two of them undergo an additional 3-5 years of speciality training. As a consequence, they are experts in a more narrow area of dentistry.
A Prosthodontist Helps Restore and Replace Damaged or Missing Teeth
Prosthodontists help restore or replace missing bridges, crowns, and teeth as well as partial or full dentures. Additionally, they use modern dental implants to replace individual, multiple, or ever full upper or lower teeth. Dental specialists are becoming increasingly popular as the dental cosmetics used today are far more affordable, attractive and comfortable than they used to be. In addition, a dental implant can greatly enhance the stability and functionality of your dentures.
An Orthodontist Straightens Misaligned Teeth
Orthodontists are dental specialists who focus on the detection, treatment and management of dental and facial irregularities. An example of one of the most common irregularities is teeth that are not aligned, straight or matched to your jaw’s shape. When teeth are misaligned or crooked, they can be harder to clean and are more likely to decay and get gum disease. Orthodontists can reposition your teeth with braces, spacers, headgear, and other oral appliances.
Prosthodontists Vs. Orthodontists: Differences and Similarities
Most people are already familiar with orthodontists, but they only hear of prosthodontists while they are in their dentist’s chair. It is easy to get confused between the two. Comparing the services offered by each dental specialist is the simplest way to understand their differences and similarities, and why one is being recommended over the other.
Prosthodontists offer the following services:
- Replace damaged or broken teeth
- Get your oral health back on track
- Make sure your entire mouth functions properly
Orthodontists offer the following services:
- Put in orthodontic appliances, such as palatal expanders, braces, and orthodontic headgear
- Monitor the growth of children’s jawlines and bites
- Use surgical procedures to straighten teeth
- Correct misaligned jaws and teeth
Following the advice given by your dentist is a great way to help protect your gums and teeth. However, some things are outside your control and may need specialist care. If this is the case, don’t worry. Your dentist will not recommend a prosthodontist or orthodontist without good reason. For more information, or to schedule a consultation appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you discover your smile again.