Prosthodontist Referral – The Basics

In the dental field, there are standard care providers and specialists just as in the medical field. You may find your regular dental care provider can’t handle certain aspects of your oral health, and in these cases you may be referred to other professionals with more expertise in certain areas of the field. For instance, you may receive a prosthodontist referral if you’re dealing with missing, chipped, or cracked teeth. If this is the case, you’ll be able to get the best treatment possible when you pay a visit to the prosthodontist for care. There are plenty of reasons a dentist may give you a prosthodontist referral. Veneers are one example. These are bonded to the tooth and improve the shape and positioning of the teeth. Another example is repair of cracked and chipped teeth. The extra training a prosthodontist has received is vital for correcting issues like this and it’s well worth setting up a visit with them. Your dentist probably knows of an excellent prosthodontist you can visit who will handle these issues. But while they’re important, there’s another reason likely to end in a referral to a prosthodontist. Dentures and partials are two of the main things that prosthodontists provide for their patients, and in many cases those who are missing some or all of their teeth end up receiving a prosthodontist referral from their normal oral health care provider. They can also help with things like crowns, bridges, or virtually any kind of oral reconstruction that needs to take place in order to improve the overall appearance of a smile. Most cosmetic issues will be handled by a prosthodontist, especially if they involve intensive processes that their extra training has helped them to master. It’s important to note while your dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist for any number of reasons, you don’t actually need a prosthodontist referral to make an appointment in most cases. A prosthodontist will usually be happy to see you whether you’re sent by another dentist or scheduled an appointment on your own. In other words, visiting one of these professionals isn’t as difficult as you may think. If you’re dealing with any kind of oral issue that is impeding the overall aesthetics of your smile, visiting a prosthodontist could be exactly what you need in order to get your smile back where you want it.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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