Prosthodontics is a specialization in dentistry that focuses on restoration & replacement of natural teeth with prosthetics, including crowns, bridges, full or partial dentures & dental implants.

Whether the restoration is needed due to injury, disease, malocclusion (bad bite) or TMJ disorders, a dentist specializing in prosthodontics can help give you a functional & attractive smile.

What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who cares for aspects of your dental health that have to do with missing teeth or jaw structure. The most familiar procedures that a prosthodontist is involved in is the use of bridges & dentures to replace missing teeth. If you are in need of a prosthodontist in Foster City, you should know that we have a prosthodontist on staff. That means you can come to our office for your prosthodontics treatment without having to be referred out to a different dental office.

Prosthodontists are fully licensed dentists who hold either a DMD or DDS, but have also undergone an additional 3 years of specialized training in prosthodontics. This specialized training has to come from a learning institution recognized by the American Dental Association in order for the dentist to call themselves a prosthodontist. Their specialty training includes crowns (caps), bridges, partial dentures, dentures, dental implants & TMD/TMJ issues.

The word “prostho” means replacement or addition & “dontic” means having to do with teeth. So you can think of a prosthodontist as a dentist who specializes in replacement (or prosthetic) teeth. Prosthodontists can replace individual teeth, many teeth, or even the entire teeth & gum structures in a patient’s mouth. They are extensively trained in the structures of the mouth, the latest materials & technologies, & dental cosmetics & aesthetics.

Our prosthodontist here at Family Dental in Foster City is ready to help you restore both function & beauty to your smile.


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