Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). It is the branch of dentistry that focuses on dental treatment that replaces or restores broken or missing teeth and sometimes other structures of the mouth. Prosthodontists also treat congenital defects, congenitally missing teeth and the long-term effects of oral neglect (dental decay), trauma and oral cancer. Patients who have lost their teeth or whose teeth have become damaged can greatly benefit from the care of a Prosthodontist to help them restore their mouth back to it's natural form and function. Prosthodontists are capable of performing a wide variety of complex procedures, including:
- Partial Dentures
- Complete Dentures
- Implants-Single Teeth
- Implants-Multiple Teeth
- Implant Overdentures-Removable
- Implant Bridges-Non Removable
- Reconstruction following oral cancer surgery
- Correcting snoring or sleep disorders such as sleep apnea
- Jaw and jaw joint problems
- Treating traumatic injuries to the mouth
- Maxillofacial Appliances (to restore missing jaw structures)
After completing dental school, a prosthodontist typically undergoes three additional years of advanced training and education in a Prosthodontic Education Program, either in a hospital or university setting, that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Complex dental problems need special attention and the training and abilities of a prosthodontist allow them to restore a persons optimal oral health and function. The extensive training and experience that prosthodontists receive provide them with a special understanding of how to restore a smile, how to preserve a healthy mouth and how to create naturally appearing tooth replacements. Prosthodontists act as the 'architect' or 'quarterback' of the dental treatment plan and collaborate with other dental specialists and health professionals to develop the best possible solution for ones' dental needs.
If a patient requires additional specialty care, such as oral surgery, endodontic therapy (root canals), periodontal (gum) treatment or orthodontic treatment, Dr. Humphries will work directly with these other specialists to ensure our patients outstanding results. Dr. Humphries attends surgeries, when necessary, and makes himself available for specialist-to-specialist communication and consultations.