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Frequently Asked Questions About Prosthodontics

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What is Prosthdontics?

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association that deals with cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, and temporomandibular joint disorders. Think of prosthodontists as the architect of your smile. Prosthodontists are trained to craft you smile at every level, from fabricating the teeth in the lab to customizing crowns and veneers to match your natural teeth.

We provide the final designs of the teeth before treatment even begins. We collaborate with general dentists and other specialists in order to provide you with the most customized care.

Why visit a Prosthodontist?

Patients visit a prosthodontist for several reasons, particularly if they are missing one or more teeth, are interested in dental implants, or would like to improve the look and function of their smiles. We are often recommended and referred by dentists when more extensive and comprehensive dental care is needed.

What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are the only dental specialty specialists recognized by the American Dental Association that deals with cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures.

Think of prosthodontists as the architect for your smile. We provide the final designs of the teeth before treatment even begins. We collaborate with general dentists and other specialists in order to provide you with the most customized care.

There’s a reason why our patients and other dentists continually recommend us. Your Smile…Our Specialty.

Can you improve the color of my teeth?

My teeth are stained and discolored. Does NOVA Prosthodontics offer tooth whitening?

Having a nice, white smile is the symbol of health, beauty, and youth for many people, and there are several of products and teeth-whitening treatments out there to support its popularity.

Professional teeth whitening is one of many services we offer at NOVA Prosthodontics to improve the look of your smile. Our teeth-whitening treatments are a simple, non-invasive way to improve the color of natural tooth enamel that has been stained by smoking, coffee, tea, wine, and aging.

Not everyone should get professional teeth whitening, however; there are some conditions that may get worse with a tooth-whitening treatment.

Schedule your consultation with one of our experienced prosthodontists to determine if teeth whitening is right for you.

What’s the difference between a denture made at NOVA Prosthodontics and one made by any other dentist?

At NOVA Prosthodontics your denture will be designed and either fabricated by or closely supervised by a prosthodontist in our on-site lab. While many dentists can fabricate an acceptable denture, prosthodontists are THE recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and associated structures in the mouth. While many other dentists can do some of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care. Your smile is our specialty, and it’s all we do.

What is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist?

Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a sub-specialty of Prosthodontics. A Maxillofacial Prosthodontist has completed an additional year of training beyond the three year residency required to become a prosthodontist.

Maxillofacial Prosthodontists, in addition to the treatments provided by a prosthodontist, also work with their patients to fabricate prosthetic eyes, ears, noses, or other missing structures of the face or jaws lost to disease, trauma, or absent at birth.

To learn more about Maxillofacial Prosthetics check out the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics web-site at http://www.maxillofacialprosthetics.org

How are you different from ClearChoice?

Despite heavy marketing efforts, there is rarely a clear choice or "one treatment fits all" that is appropriate for dental procedures; you have several options that could give you the look and function you want. The doctors at NOVA Prosthodontics provide you with options and then help you select the best one based on your budget, lifestyle, desired look, and long-term goals. These include several ClearChoice alternatives treatments, which can provide dramatic results in just one day.

While ClearChoice is has helped many patients achieve their goals, there may be other options for you to consider. As experts in the specialty of prosthodontics, we help patients get the individualized care they need. They’ll receive warm, friendly, personalized treatment and an authentic smile to match.

My teeth are embarrassing, Can you help?

We help by offering a judgement-free environment. We know how important having a great smile is; it is the single most important factor when meeting people, developing relationships, getting a job, and leading a strong, active, healthy life.

This is exactly the reason why we practice prosthodontics. We’ve seen how veneers, crowns, dentures, and implants change lives on a daily basis, from restoring self-confidence to improving sleep patterns and overall wellness.

According to a survey conducted by Kelton Global, 48 percent of adults think a smile is the most memorable feature after they meet someone for the first time. The way someone dresses was noted by only nine percent of respondents and the way someone smells was noted by only eight percent of respondents. Our smiles clearly matter and your smile is our specialty.

It doesn’t matter how you ended up in our examination chair. What matters is what we can do to help you and how happy you’ll be when we’re done.

Can a prosthodontist help with my sleep apnea?

The short answer here is maybe. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects far too many Americans, robbing them (and their partners) of the precious sleep needed to function effectively during the day. We specialize in creating oral devices that are specifically designed to improve airflow during sleep. Oral appliance therapy may be a recommended treatment option for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

No dentist (despite claims they may make) are sleep medicine specialists.

A sleep specialist is a medical doctor who has completed additional education and training in the field of sleep medicine. Sleep medicine focuses on sleep, sleep disorders, and sleep-related conditions, and is a subspecialty within several medical specialties, including neurology, pulmonology, internal medicine, and psychiatry.

We will work with your sleep specialist on referral after a polysomnogram (sleep study) to fabricate an oral device if it is indicated. Contact us to schedule an appointment, and start sleeping (and breathing) better tonight.

Does the office participate with Dental Insurance?

NOVA Prosthodontics is a fee-for-service practice. While we do not actively participate with any insurance providers, we are happy to file your dental claims for you as an “out of network” provider and provide the necessary information to expedite the claims process.

What are your office hours?

Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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