Why See a Prosthodontist?
Dental Implant & Reconstructive Center in Duluth MN
Prosthodontics (also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry) is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Prosthodontists specialize in the diagnosis, restoration, and replacement of missing teeth. Prosthodontists can restore oral function through the placement of restorations or prostheses (dentures, crowns, dental implants, etc.).
Extensive training and experience give prosthodontists a unique understanding of restoring the dynamics of a smile and healthy mouth with the creation of tooth prostheses. Becoming a prosthodontist requires an additional three years of specialty training after obtaining a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree.
This specialized training must be completed at an ADA-accredited prosthodontic education program. This is where prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating multiple, diverse, and complex dental conditions. They will also learn how to restore the optimum function and aesthetics of a smile.
In addition to the additional graduate training necessary to become a prosthodontist, Dr. Erickson also pursued his board certification. Board certification is awarded through the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) and requires successful completion of a 4 part examination comprising of both written and oral elements. Diplomates of the ABP are ethically required to have a practice limited to prosthodontics. Fellows of the American College of Prosthodontists (FACP) are required to have a dental degree, have completed three years of prosthodontic specialty training, and be board certified by the ABP.
Advanced deterioration of a patient’s teeth usually creates issues besides loss of tooth or tooth structure which can be addressed by our office. While we may serve as the “architect” of a dental treatment plan, we often collaborate with your general dentist and other specialists to facilitate the complete treatment of your condition.
Prosthodontic treatment can literally redesign your smile with a number of different services including inlay/onlays, dental implants, dentures, teeth whitening, bridges, and crowns.