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Ever wondered how a simple visit to the dentist could transform not just your smile, but your entire life? If you are one the millions of Americans with damaged or missing teeth, a prosthodontist can help.

Prosthodontists are specialists who go through at least three extra years of training beyond dental school to become experts in restorative treatments that help patients regain the ability to chew, speak, and smile.

Tooth Loss and Oral Health

The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) estimates that 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth and more than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth. These numbers are expected to grow in the next two decades.

As a practicing prosthodontist and head of the UAB Division of Prosthodontists, Ramtin Sadid, D.D.S., M.S., says tooth loss has consequences beyond mere appearance and loss of confidence.

“Missing teeth can lead to a cascade of oral health issues, including bone loss, shifting of remaining teeth, change in bite and potential temporomandibular joint disorders. It can also create significant nutritional changes leading to potential obesity, diabetes, and gastric disorders,” he explains.

Personalized Solutions for Every Smile

Calling prosthodontists "quarterbacks" among dental specialties, Sadid stresses their flexibility in addressing each patient's unique circumstances.

"Missing teeth can lead to a cascade of oral health issues, including bone loss, shifting of remaining teeth, change in bite and potential temporomandibular joint disorders. It can also create significant aesthetics and nutritional changes leading to potential loss of confidence, obesity, diabetes, and gastric disorders.” 

Dr. Ramtin Sadid

A patient’s prosthodontic journey starts with a thorough oral health evaluation, including X-rays and digital scans. Prosthodontists then develop a tailored treatment plan, on their own or within a multidisciplinary dental team, crafted to consider an individual’s needs, preferences, and health conditions.

Treatment combines precision, digital dentistry, and artistry for the patient for the best outcomes. This includes tooth color, shape, appropriate implant position and tooth alignment considerations to create restorations that seamlessly integrate with the patient's natural smile and function.

For instance, individuals concerned about their appearance or are experiencing worn teeth can benefit from treatments like porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns to rebuild teeth.

For those with partially missing teeth, options include implant-supported crowns or bridges, implant-assisted partial dentures, or a combination of methods. Patients who are completely edentulous or have unsalvageable teeth can explore treatments such as complete dentures, implant-assisted dentures, and implant-supported fixed prostheses, providing realistic replacements that enhance both function and confidence. Sadid points out that involving a prosthodontist in the implant placement process ensures optimal aesthetic and biomechanical outcomes, as they possess the expertise to strategically position implants for the best results.

With proper care, prosthodontic restorations offer long-lasting functionality and aesthetics. By adhering to recommended oral hygiene practices and attending scheduled dental check-ups, patients can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.

The Power of Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is more than just restoring teeth. The discipline advances oral health and overall health. Through the skillful fusion of art and science, and with the use of digital technology, prosthodontists unlock the power of a healthy, confident smile to help you look and feel your best.

About the UAB Dentistry Prosthodontics Clinic

The newly renovated UAB Dentistry Prosthodontics Clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art digital equipment, including a RAYface scanner, digital intraoral scanners, and photogrammetry. Our clinic also features advanced prosthesis design software and various implant planning software for precise virtual implant positions.

Our prosthodontics team utilizes cutting-edge techniques such as 3D-printing and milling machines to fabricate temporary and final prostheses. These modern technologies ensure prostheses with exceptional aesthetics and mechanical properties.

With a diverse group of experienced faculty, staff, and prosthodontics residents, we provide tailored treatment for complex patients based on their specific needs, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

For more information and to make an appointment, call (205) 934-4540.