A prosthodontist provides an exceptionally high level of care for patients who are missing teeth many teeth or have considerable damage to their existing teeth. Prosthodontists treat problems relating to trauma and neglect such as patients with advanced gum (periodontal) disease and badly broken down teeth. The prosthodontist can aid in the rehabilitation of a complete dentition. With the advent of dental implants as a viable means of replacing teeth, the prosthodontist's role has now expanded substantially. The prosthodontist can provide the control and expertise that is necessary to make an implant supported restoration look and function properly.
A prosthodontist will usually treat the more difficult dental problems such as people who are missing many teeth or have significant functional or aesthetic problems. The general practitioner is capable of handling most simple crown and bridge procedures to replace and repair missing teeth. When it comes to restoring an entire arch or the whole mouth, the prosthodontist is indicated for this difficult and complex type of dental treatment.
Patients contemplating dental implants or major changes in their appearance should consult with a prosthodontist to assure that they are gaining the best possible care for their dentition. These difficult treatments require the expertise that is only available by a trained prosthodontist.
Training requirements for prosthodontists are standardized throughout the country. Dentists from all over the world compete to get into the training programs that are here in the United States. Prosthodontic programs are usually small and extremely difficult to get into. Dr Aires graduated from the Boston School of Graduate Dentistry in 1981.
Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with the special understanding of the dynamics of the smile, and the bite (occlusion) the preservation of a healthy mouth, and the creation of tooth replacements. Serving as the "architect" or quarterback of a dental treatment plan, prosthodontists collaborate with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to your dental concerns.