What is a prosthodontist? Below is information provided by the ACP.
Dr. Patrick Ousborne completed two years of advanced specialized training at the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry in Prosthodontics which included fixed, removable, implant, and maxillofacial prostheses. From 1997 to 1999, he practiced Prosthodontics with an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry in Fort Lauderdale. Currently, he maintains membership in the American College of Prosthodontists, the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics, among other professional affiliations. He has been featured in Baltimore Magazine’s “Baltimore’s Best Prosthodontists” for many consecutive years. He was voted by his peers to be the Prosthodontist they would most likely refer to for specialized care.
Dr. Rikki Esterson completed three years of advanced specialized training at the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, which included fixed, removable, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. Dr. Esterson is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, Maimonides Dental Study Club, and Women in Dentistry.
Together, Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson uphold our practice’s mission of providing excellence in all things dentistry. With their extensive prosthodontics backgrounds, they are able to more effectively assess your dental concerns and come up with a restorative dentistry plan that best meets your needs.
What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is a recognized dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed dental school plus at least three additional years of advanced training and education in a CODA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. They specialize in treating and handling dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more.
How is a prosthodontist different from other dentists and dental specialists?
The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, prosthodontists are THE recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth. While many other dentists can do some of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care.
Prosthodontists have advanced training in restoring and replacing teeth. Prosthodontists are considered the leaders of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs.
Why choose a prosthodontist?
Choose a prosthodontist because of their advanced education and training, efficiency, and expertise with advanced technology. Prosthodontists are extensively trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics.
Rigorous training and experience give prosthodontists a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.