Reconstructive Dentistry-Go to a Pro

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Did you know that some dentists perform reconstructive dentistry after just a weekend course on a procedure? That may be okay, but you should know prosthodontists receive an extra two to three years of intense, formal training after dental school. Formal postdoctoral training programs are only available in dental schools which are accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA).

If you are seeking reconstructive dentistry, you should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care. As ADA recognized specialists, prosthodontists are qualified to offer care in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, such as:

Dental Implants
Cosmetic dentistry
Reconstructive Dentistry
Complete and removable partial dentures
Replacing lost teeth
Temporomandibular joint syndrome/disorder
Traumatic injuries
Snoring and sleep disorders

Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth, and the creation of tooth replacements. Any BOARD CERTIFIED PROSTHODONTIST will list that they are a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.  You can check the board certification of any prosthodontist here.


Cosmetic Dentist? How to Choose One

cosmetic_dentistTrying to find the right cosmetic dentist for your needs can be difficult because   EVERY dentist claims expertise in this area and some even claim board certification.  If your looking for a specialist in cosmetic dentistry, you need to be aware that the American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty.  The only dental specialty with advanced formal training in cosmetic/esthetic dentistry is PROSTHODONTICS.  Prosthodontists undergo rigorous training in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry and are capable of blending art with science in producing consistently superior results. In addition to being Board Certified in Prosthodontics, Dr. Stankewitz is also a master ceramist and personally completes the laboratory phases of all smile enhancements in-house.  His private practice in the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza/Memorial City provides a patient centered environment which is unique in todays dollar driven, mass production healthcare market.


Bleaching: The Nitty Gritty

198_2005x2050_300dpi_all-free-download.com_2966011Have you wondered what is the best way to whiten your teeth?  Well, there really isn’t one technique that is best for every patient.  Some patients want the fastest method which is the in-office procedure, while others prefer the at-home technique because it causes less sensitivity and the cost is less.  Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening remedies offer patients an effective but unsupervised method which is gaining popularity. So what’s the real difference in all of these methods.  It’s simple….whitening is a measure of the strength of the bleaching chemicals and the length of time that these chemicals are in contact with your teeth.  If you choose the fastest method, the in-office procedure, you will pay a premium price because of the dentist’s chair time that it takes to complete your procedure.  This choice also is the most likely to produce sensitivity because of the higher strength of the bleach.  The at-home technique is just as effective in whitening your teeth as the in-office, however it just takes longer.  The OTC method is the least effective method for most people because of the lack of intimate contact of the bleaching chemicals with your teeth and the low strength of the bleach.  Additionally, with products such as Crest White Strips, the strips only cover the front teeth so the back teeth won’t get whitened.  For some, this doesn’t matter, but for others who have a really big smile that shows some back teeth, it can be a deal breaker. Pick the choice of whitening based on your dentists recommendation since he is most aware of your particular dental situation.  Just remember, all of these techniques work but you must balance costs with how quickly you have to have results!  Also keep in mind that the faster you bleach, the more sensitivity you are likely to experience.