SUNNYVALE PROSTHODONTIST

DENTAL BRIDGES, CROWNS, DENTURES & TOOTH REPLACEMENT

Serving San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Saratoga, Los Altos, & Campbell

The California Dental Specialty Group provides complete prosthodontic services, including dentures, dental bridges and crowns, dental implants, and tooth replacement. This is part of the extensive dental specialty services that we offer our patients. Dr. Sung Hong is a highly experienced and American Board of Prosthodontics Board-certified Sunnyvale specialist.

What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist adept at treating complex dental conditions. Dental treatments offered include the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged teeth. These specialists are highly trained.

After four years at dental school, prosthodontists complete their advanced training at an American board-approved college. Here, they receive three years of specialized training in advanced treatments like prosthetic dentistry and full-mouth rehabilitation. Prosthodontics is one of the eight dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with an understanding of smile dynamics, the preservation of healthy teeth, and dental prosthesis creation. As the “architect” of dental treatment planning, prosthodontists collaborate with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for cosmetic concerns and dental needs.

Sunnyvale Prosthodontists Can Help in Many Ways

As a dental expert in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, Dr. Hong can treat many diverse dental issues, such as:

  • Complex care management involving multiple specialists
  • Post-oral cancer reconstruction and continued care
  • Children born with missing teeth
  • TMJ – jaw joint problems
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Snoring and sleep apnea

We aim to integrate natural-looking replacement materials with the patient’s original facial structure to ensure total comfort and a pleasing appearance.

Dental Implants

Prosthodontists are trained to expertly design and place durable dental implants to restore the form and function of a mouth containing missing or damaged teeth. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants are surgically anchored into the jawbone. Titanium inserts meld with the jawbone to provide a stable foundation for prosthetic teeth. These artificial teeth look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

If you decide to restore your smile using dental implants, your prosthodontist will assess your oral health and jawbone structure to determine the most suitable restoration options and implant options. Whether replacing one or several teeth, dental implants offer long-term benefits, including improved chewing ability, enhanced speech clarity, and bone density preservation.

Dentures

A prosthodontist designs, makes, and fits artificial teeth and dental prosthetics. These may be permanent, as in dental implants, or potentially full or partial dentures, which are a less permanent way to replace damaged teeth.

Dentures are less expensive than dental implants, but they are not the same as your natural teeth. They will wear down, so you will have to periodically replace your dentures. Some patients find them difficult to wear and fear dental slippage.

Partial dentures or bridges replace missing teeth. These teeth are not as noticeable as a complete set of dentures. Either way, your prosthodontist will tell you that dentures can be very helpful, but are far from ideal. Dental implants are normally a much better and more permanent option.

 

Prosthodontics FAQs

 

When should I see a prosthodontist?

  • Consider visiting a prosthodontist if you have missing teeth or other complex dental issues and need specialized care beyond routine dental procedures. A prosthodontist will assess your condition and provide personalized treatment options to restore oral health and function.

What treatments do prosthodontists offer?

  • Prosthodontists offer treatments to restore and improve oral function and aesthetics. Treatments include crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, veneers, full mouth reconstruction, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) therapy.

How do I choose a prosthodontist?

  • When choosing a prosthodontist, consider their education, training, experience, and expertise. Ask for recommendations from your general dentist or research online reviews to find a qualified prosthodontist affiliated with the American College of Prosthodontists.

Are prosthodontic treatments covered by insurance?

  • Coverage for prosthodontic treatments may vary depending on your dental insurance plan and the procedures you need. Insurance may fully or partially cover treatments. Others may require out-of-pocket expenses. Contact your insurance company to learn the terms and conditions.

How long do prosthodontic treatments take?

  • Some treatments, such as dental crowns or veneers, may be completed in a single visit, while others, like dental implants or full mouth rehabilitation, may take several months.

Are prosthodontic treatments painful?

  • Prosthodontic treatments are typically performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Some patients may experience mild pain or discomfort afterward. Manage any pain with over-the-counter pain medication.

How long do prosthodontic restorations last?

  • With good maintenance and care, dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants can last many years or even a lifetime.

What are the benefits of seeing a prosthodontist?

  • Seeing a prosthodontist can offer numerous benefits, including specialized expertise in complex dental treatments, customized solutions tailored to your individual needs, improved oral function and aesthetics, and long-term oral health and well-being.