What is Prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Dr. Thanos Kristallis at Washington Metro Center Dental is a board eligible prosthodontist with two decades of experience.

Becoming a prosthodontist in the U.S. requires an additional three years of postgraduate specialty training after obtaining a dental degree. Prosthodontist training consists of rigorous clinical and didactic preparation in the basic sciences, head and neck anatomy, biomedical sciences, biomaterial sciences, function of occlusion (bite), TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), and treatment planning and experience treating full-mouth reconstruction cases, and esthetics.

Advantages of our in-house dental lab in Prosthodontic treatment

Our dental practice is in the distinct position to be one of the few dental offices in the country with our own in-house dental lab. Due to this, restorations such as veneers, inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges can be made the SAME DAY, many times eliminating the need and errors associated with outsourcing this process to remote, and long distance labs.

When would your dentist recommend consulting a Prosthodontist?

Generally, you will need a Prosthodontist if:

  • You are missing one or more teeth.
  • You are interested in dental implants.
  • You wear dentures or removable partial dentures.
  • You want to improve the esthetics of your smile.

The above list is not comprehensive. So, if the dental condition you are searching is not in the list, please give us a call. We will be happy to provide you more information.

Nature and type of Prosthodontic Treatment

The specific nature of prosthodontic treatment will depend on several factors such as the type, location and severity of the defect or injury; and the patient’s age and health status. Generally, the treatments of injuries to teeth involve replanting (replacing any displaced / avulsed teeth) and treating fractures in the supporting bone.

Depending on your individual condition and needs, we can offer you removable or fixed prosthodontic options.

  • In removable prosthodontics, a removable prosthesis is used to substitute for missing teeth. A removable prosthesis is also commonly called a denture. In the past, pretty much all dental restoration techniques involved removable prosthodontics.
  • Fixed prosthodontics is used to restore teeth, using fixed restorations such as crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers.

Fixed prosthodontics is a more recent procedure when compared to removable prosthesis. Even though it may be preferred by many, there are certain conditions in which removable prosthodontics would be the best option. For example, for patients who have very few teeth with the existing teeth in poor condition; and those who have suffered bone loss in their mouths to the point where installation of fixed prosthodontics would not be successful.

When developing prosthodontic treatment options, we at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates work diligently with you to make the best prosthetic device possible.

Steps involved in developing your prosthetic device

To begin with, a mold of your existing teeth and / or gums will be taken. Several impressions may be made, depending upon the type of prosthodontic treatment needed. These molds and impressions are used to build a realistic and natural-looking prosthetic device.

Since you will be living with these prosthetic devices every day, and these treatments are not cheap, we will take every effort to make them to look as real as possible. We at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates want to get all of the details done correctly the first time, so that it is comfortable for you, while at the same time provides the functioning necessary and the natural look that you desire.

CEREC 3D option and its advantage

In addition to the traditional option described above, our practice also provides the CEREC 3D option to our patients.

CEREC 3D (CERamic REConstruction 3 Dimension) is a high-tech tool that allows us do ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies, including 3D photography and CAD/CAM. The CEREC 3D technology can be used for teeth restoration involving inlays, onlays or crowns.

When restorative work is done on your teeth using CEREC 3D, the restoration can be completed in a single sitting. This is in comparison with the multiple sittings required when using earlier techniques.

Please give us a call. We will be happy to discuss the various options in detail with you, to suite your individual needs.

What you can expect, what are your prosthodontics treatment options?

Some of the Prosthodontic treatment options that Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental can provide you are:

  1. Dental Implants
  2. Crowns/Caps
  3. Esthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry
  4. Veneers
  5. Bridges
  6. Dentures
  7. Teeth Whitening
  8. Teeth Grinding/Night Guards
  9. Removable Partial Dentures
  10. Cleft Palate/Obturator
  11. Congenital and Developmental Mouth Defects
  12. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
  13. Sleep Apnea