Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a family or general dentist and a prosthodontist?
This is a question that many people wonder about. After all, most general dentists make crowns, bridges, dentures, and implant restorations too, don’t they? The answer is that prosthodontists are especially equipped through advanced training and experience to treat the more complex and advanced patient problems. A prosthodontist is likely to be more closely involved with the dental laboratory technician, who actually makes the restorations. In our practice, we are so focused on prosthodontics that we do not do root canals (endodontics), braces (orthodontics), children’s dentistry or treatment for gum diseases (periodontics).We are truly a specialty practice. If our patients need treatment in these other areas of dentistry, we refer them to the appropriate specialist whose work we know to be of the highest quality.
How would I know if I need a prosthodontist?
If a problem to do with the appearance or function of your teeth has not been satisfactorily resolved by the usual methods, or if your dentist says that you are a difficult or challenging case, it may be time to ask for a referral to a prosthodontist. Many good and conscientious dentists will automatically know to refer you to a qualified prosthodontist for your condition.
Do people have to be referred to you by another dentist?
No. Many patients find us on their own through the Yellow Pages, the internet, or by talking to family and friends.
Are prosthodontist fees much higher than those of a general dentist?
We can only speak for our own practice. For procedures performed in our practice that are done the same way as in a general dentist’s office (such as x-rays and cleanings), the fees are probably about the same as other dental offices in our geographical area. For items of prosthodontic treatment, our fees are probably 10-50% higher than those in general dentistry, depending on the procedure. The difference in fee is due to the increased amount of doctor time required for the greater level of complexity.
I recently moved here from out of state and found you to help replace my partial with implant supported crowns. Will I have to find a general dentist for recall examinations and cleanings when my treatment with you is complete?
No. If you do not have a local dentist, we are happy to provide dental services for you.
My general dentist referred me to you for my difficult bite. When do I go back to my general dentist?
You will continue to see your general dentist at six-month intervals during and after your prosthodontic treatment. Dr. Bishop and Dr. Abey may wish to see you once a year for an examination only (biting relationship problem or multiple implants).