How to Choose a Prosthodontist – Everything You Need to Know

In our previous blog posts about prosthodontics, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant has discussed what makes a prosthodontist different from a general dentist and the benefits of seeing a prosthodontist. But you may still be wondering how can you choose the right prosthodontist for you? 

What Treatments Do Prosthodontists Specialize In?

Prosthodontists are specialists in restorative dentistry and focus primarily on the design and placement of artificial teeth, such as dental crowns and bridges, veneers, dental implants, and full/partial dentures.

If you have serious oral health issues and may need one or more of the above treatments, seeing a prosthodontist is usually the best option. Prosthodontists like Dr. Vinson are uniquely qualified for restorative dentistry and will help you get a functional, beautiful smile. 

What to Look for When Choosing a Prosthodontist

There are a few things you should keep an eye out for during your search, including:

  • Details about qualifications – You should be able to easily learn more about your prosthodontist’s background. For example, you should look into their education and get information about where they were certified as a prosthodontist.

  • Good online reviews – Online reviews are a great way to learn more about what you can expect from a prosthodontist. You’ll always find a few negative reviews, but if the majority of reviews for a prosthodontist are positive, you’re likely making a good choice.

  • A smile gallery – You want to see some of the results that your potential prosthodontist can offer, so you should check their website to see if they have a smile gallery. If they don’t have one online, you can also send a message or email requesting some example photos. 

If you can, find a qualified prosthodontist who gets great reviews. Also, look at some of their work for yourself, so you can be sure that you’re working with an experienced professional.

What Should I Ask During My Interview or Consultation?

Most prosthodontists will offer a smile consultation and exam before you undergo a smile makeover, so it’s a good idea to have some questions to ask to make sure you’re choosing the right dentist.

  • What insurance providers do you work with? Some restorative procedures are covered by dental insurance, so it’s a good idea to choose a dentist who will be able to work with your current insurance provider.

  • What are my treatment options? Based on your exam and oral health, you should ask what the best treatment options are for you – and which one your prospective prosthodontist would recommend.

  • How much will I pay? Each person is different, but after an oral exam, your prosthodontist should be able to give you a general overview of how much a particular procedure, such as a dental crown, will cost.

These are just a few examples. Take some time before your consultation to write down any other topics you’d like to discuss, and your prosthodontist will be happy to answer each one at your consultation.

Need a Prosthodontist in Mount Pleasant? We Can Help!

Dr. Vinson of Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant is a highly-qualified and experienced prosthodontist. If you need restorative dentistry in Mount Pleasant, we’re here to help. Contact us now at (843) 936-1690 to get started, or feel free to stop by our office at 1149 Oakland Market Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466.