What Is Prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The scope of the specialty is broad and includes dental implants, esthetic, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, temporomandibular disorders (TMD or TMJ), occlusion (bite), and comprehensive multi-specialty planning. Prosthodontic treatment is often comprehensive in nature, taking into consideration the condition of the entire mouth rather than focusing on one or several teeth. However, limited care that includes only one tooth or one area of the mouth also falls within the specialty. Prosthodontic treatment usually involves replacement of missing teeth or repair of decayed or broken teeth. The patient’s general dentist or other specialists are often involved in the treatment.

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Prosthodontic Care May Include

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Aesthetic procedures to give you a confident, bright smile.

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Dental Implants

Support for strong, durable replacement teeth.

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Fixed Prosthodontics

Permanent prostheses to restore a single tooth or multiple teeth.

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Occlusion

Repair your bite to eliminate pain and damage to your teeth.

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Removable Prosthodontics

Replace missing teeth with removable prosthesis.

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TMD

Temporomandibular Disorder therapy and treatment plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will insurance cover cosmetic services?

Insurance may cover a portion of cosmetic services if they’re also classified as restorative. We recommend checking with your insurance company to learn more about your specific coverage. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (910) 692-4051 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

What is TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the foundation of the chewing mechanism, located beneath the ear and connects each side of the skull to the lower jaw. The TMJ supports the motion of opening the mouth and moving the jaw. Without proper joint health and function, nothing else functions correctly.

If you experience tenderness in the jaw or frequent head and/or neck aches, there’s a possibility you’re suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. There is relief in sight. Learn about common TMD symptoms and how our team at Southern Pines office by calling (910) 692-4051 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What is the process of getting dentures?

Prior to getting dentures, we’ll perform any tooth extractions if necessary. After the healing is complete, we’ll fit you for your restoration by taking an impression of your upper or lower arch. You’ll decide on the shade, shape, and size of your new smile. We’ll send the information to a lab to create a plastic mockup of your new dentures.

Once we receive the mockup, you’ll try them on and provide any feedback if changes need to be made. Otherwise, the lab will set your dentures in acrylic and we’ll make any last adjustments at our office.

If you develop any sores, it’s important to schedule an appointment immediately by calling our office. We’ll examine your gums and your dentures to determine the appropriate solution. We may need to adjust your dentures.

Are there any risks associated with getting veneers?

Veneers have been around since the 1920s and are considered a trusted treatment to conceal a variety of dental issues. While most people have a great experience with veneers, there are a few things you’ll want to look out for, including:

While issues are rare, you’ll want to be sure to undergo the procedure with a trusted dentist such as Dr. Oettinger or Dr. Sulik to mitigate risks and ensure the best possible outcome for your new flawless smile. If you have any problems with your veneers, contact our office immediately and we’ll get you an appointment at your earliest convenience.

Our Associations

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