Prosthodontics Specialist

The Implant & Denture Experts

Brian Arnett, DMD

Prosthodontist located in Scottsdale, AZ

It may surprise you to learn that prosthodontists do more than make false replacement teeth. In fact, a visit with a prosthodontist can allow you to have a more comfortable and functional mouth and a beautiful smile, too. At The Implant & Denture Experts in Scottsdale, Arizona, you’ll find Brian Arnett, DMD, and his welcoming staff to meet all of your mouth’s structural needs. To make an appointment, call the clinic or use the online booking tool today.

Prosthodontics Q & A

What is a prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are specialized dentists who restore damaged or missing teeth or other structures in your mouth, like your jawbone or gums.

Structural issues in your mouth can impact your appearance and even cause unforeseen oral health issues like infections or temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Prosthodontists fix the damage and ultimately prevent a host of other problems.

In order to become a prosthodontist, dentists must complete three additional years of specialty training after finishing dental school. They’re trained to make replacement teeth and parts of your gums to function and look as natural as possible.

What types of procedures do prosthodontists perform?

Much like regular dentists, prosthodontists can perform a wide variety of dental procedures. They include:

  • Dental implant surgery
  • Crown placements
  • Bridge placements
  • Denture fittings
  • Reconstructive surgeries

Prosthodontists are also responsible for making images of your mouth and creating custom appliances like bridges, crowns, and dentures. They make sure your new teeth look and feel like your original teeth and make adjustments as necessary.

When should I see a prosthodontist?

Although their primary job is creating and fitting dental prosthetics, prosthodontists can perform many treatments and procedures. They can screen your mouth for signs of oral cancer or diagnose and treat TMJ disorder and obstructive sleep apnea.

You should consult with a prosthodontist any time your mouth loses some of its structural integrity. This includes:

  • Broken teeth
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Gum damage
  • Gum infections
  • Traumatic injuries to your teeth or jawbone

After treatment from a prosthodontist, you’ll be able to speak smoothly, eat and bite down comfortably, and avoid pain in your jaw and head. To help prevent some of these issues, be sure to brush and floss daily and visit Dr. Arnett for regular maintenance and checkups.

Who can refer me to a prosthodontist?

A dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist if they think you could benefit from visiting one. In some cases, seeing a prosthodontist may not have crossed your mind at all.

Prosthodontists often work alongside other dentists and specialists as a team to create and maintain gorgeous replacement structures for your mouth.

If your mouth’s imperfect structure is causing you pain, discomfort, or difficulty speaking, look no further than the expert team of prosthodontists at The Implant & Denture Experts. To set up a consultation with Dr. Arnett, call the clinic or book your appointment online today.