What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is an expert dentist who specializes in the restoration of missing or broken teeth. To become prosthodontists, Dr. Bishop and Dr. Abey received an additional 3 years of accredited advanced training after the completion of dental school. A prosthodontist diagnoses and treats disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures.

During their training, prosthodontists learn the skills of the dental laboratory technician as well as that of the dentist. Dental technicians are the people who actually fabricate crowns, fixed partial dentures (bridges), and removable partial and complete dentures. This gives them the ability to work with dental technicians of the highest quality.

Prosthodontists are key members of the dental implant team. They restore implants using crowns, bridges, and dentures. Their involvement is also necessary during the planning stage. Using reverse engineering, the prosthodontist makes a mock-up, then a template. An implant surgeon then uses the template to accurately position the implant for the best appearance and function of the final teeth.

Dr. Abey is trained in the surgical placement of dental implants. As a surgical prosthodontist, she can place an implant in the optimal position to achieve the best possible restorative result.

Prosthodontists also have the advanced knowledge necessary to help provide treatment for birth defects such as cleft palate, conditions such as traumatic injury, and complex restorations for patients who have undergone surgical or radiation treatment for cancer.

Restorations will be attractive and life-like as well as functional. Prosthodontists understand the science of color and apply that knowledge when whitening, veneering, or color matching replacement teeth to existing natural teeth.

You will benefit from uniquely different knowledge, techniques, and results you will find nowhere else.