Prosthodontists: What You Should Know

Nov 18, 2013 — by Gigi
Tags: Prosthodontist Dental Surgery Dental Implants Fuqua

A Selective Group

Dr. Steven Fuqua of Fuqua Advanced Dental is part of a select group of advanced dental practitioners who have completed years of additional education and have the high level expertise patients should look for when it comes to implant and cosmetic dentistry. In fact, the Department of Labor estimates that, in 2012, there were only 310 prosthodontists practicing in the U.S.

310! That puts Dr. Fuqua in a very select group of dental professionals with the advanced training and expertise patients should look for when considering dental implants, bridges, crowns or cosmetic dentistry.

Why so few?

It takes real passion and drive to become a prosthodontist. In addition to receiving a D.D.S or a D.M.D, a prosthodontist has to go through advanced post-graduate training and examination. Three years of additional education in an ADA-accredited program provides prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacements.  They serve as the architects of dental treatment plans and collaborate with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.

That sounds good…but why would I ever need a prosthodontist?

Often, patients are referred to a prosthodontist by their general dentist, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

You may want to visit a prosthodontist if you’re missing one or more teeth, if you wear dentures, if you’re interested in dental implants or if you just want to improve the esthetics of your smile.  They’re the experts when it comes to:

  • Dental Implants
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Inlays/Onlays
  • Complete/Removable dentures
  • Esthetics/Cosmetics

Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating diverse and complex dental conditions. They’re masters of complete oral rehabilitation, treating:

  • Traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures
  • Cleft palates
  • Snoring and sleep disorders
  • Oral cancer reconstruction and care
  • Congenital or birth anomalies to teeth
  • TMD, TMJ or other jaw joint problems

From simple needs to advanced procedures, prosthodontists deliver state-of-the-art dentistry and the highest standards of care.

Okay, so why would I choose Fuqua Advanced Dental?

Fuqua Advanced Dental offers a full range of general and preventive dentistry and advanced prosthodontics. The practice serves all ages and all dental needs.

Dr. Tonya Fuqua has extensive experience providing a full range of general and preventive dentistry service. Children’s dental health is her passion, both in the office treating patients and out of the office through the Save a Smile program – a low-income children’s dental program that she founded and manages.

Dr. Steven Fuqua is a prosthodontist and a highly-respected expert in the field of implant dentistry and restorative care. He works closely with industry equipment manufacturers and is a frequent speaker on their use and capabilities. Fuqua Advanced Dental also has a fully-equipped, on-site dental lab, giving the team complete control over the quality and timeliness of treatment.

The practice truly is ‘Advanced,’ with cutting-edge technology being just one of many tools that Fuqua Advanced Dental uses to make each patient’s visit a great dental experience with exceptional results.

What can I expect from a dental or prosthodontic visit?

On the day of your first appointment, you will be introduced to the team and will have the opportunity to sit down and talk with the doctor to discuss all of your dental concerns. The doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your oral health, and then a treatment plan designed just for you will be outlined and reviewed. Depending on your needs, an additional appointment may be required to allow the doctor to develop the best plan to support your beautiful smile.

Visit us to find out more

Fuqua Advanced Dental is ready to take care of all your dental health needs. Call the Southlake office at (817) 410-8765 or request an appointment online today!

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