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The following information is designed to provide a clear explanation of the role of a prosthodontist, as a means of helping patients understand the ways in which our unique practice applies our expertise within that field to restore healthy, functional mouths and attractive smiles.

Understanding Prosthodontics

A prosthodontist is a dental professional with both a traditional DDS (doctor of dental surgery), and an additional two or more years of specialized graduate study and training in advanced restorative dental care. Due to the complex nature of the mouth and all related aspects of oral function, prosthodontics is a highly complex area of specialization.

Sometimes this may mean straightforward cosmetic work with bleaching, life-like laminates, or fillings for improved esthetics. At other times it may involve restoring individual teeth with crowns or replacing missing teeth with bridgework or implants. In still others, it may mean life-changing improvements to someone's oral function and appearance by reconstructing the entire mouth.

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Restorative Care

Because no two people share the same facial structure, tooth structure, or dental health circumstances, there are numerous critical factors to consider in restoration of the mouth's appearance and function. Thus, in performing the related restorative services, the prosthodontist must have an astute ability to observe, diagnose, and treat any combination of variables.

Innovative Care

Thus, the high number of variables involved in each case, together with the delicate complexities involved in creating a beautiful, functional smile, underline the importance of expert training, experienced perspective, and precise technical skill. Because a formula approach is never appropriate in this specialty, the expert prosthodontist must have the ability to scientifically innovate within the well-defined parameters of proper prosthodontics care.

Therefore, expertise in this field requires a solid, well-rounded knowledge base regarding the unique functional and structural properties of the mouth and its related parts. It also requires a broad base of clinical experience, including the ability to recognize not only the specific relevant variables, but the most appropriate approaches as well

Effective Care

Dr. Goldberg's background and experience provides an excellent base from which to provide the highest possible prosthodontic care. He has studied and practiced prosthodontics for nearly 30 years, giving him the clinical experience and perspective needed to provide innovative, effective restorative care. Further, his combined studies in the field of periodontics provide him with a unique, well-rounded understanding of the healthy interactive biomechanics of the teeth, gums, and oral physiology.

Corrective Care

Our practice has been carefully designed and organized to provide excellent prosthodontic care. In addition to Dr. Goldberg's professional expertise, we're staffed with a group of highly trained dental professionals, including an excellent team of dental hygienists. Further, we're equipped with the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology and materials necessary to restore both beauty and function to your mouth.

Our specific services cover the entire spectrum as needed to correct and restore healthy oral function, including procedures as complex as crowns, bridges, implants, and laminates or veneers…to simpler treatments like bonding, filling, crowns, onlays, and inlays. Thus, although we're highly specialized, we also take care of the routine dental care our patients need as well.

If there is anything further we can answer for you regarding our services, or if you'd like to talk to us in person, simply contact our office for a consultation appointment.

Technology

Understanding the Role of Dental Technology

Modern dental technology, used wisely and appropriately, provides yet one more way in which we can perform precise, accurate restorative care. In fact, certain kinds of technology allow us to greatly improve patient comfort, increase the durability of restorations, and heighten the esthetics of a restoration's final appearance. Below is a brief overview of the 'tools' we've found to advance the expert care we offer our patients.

Intra-Oral Camera

The intra-oral camera is a tiny, barely perceptible miniature VCR camera in the tip of a pen-like instrument. This device allows us to view the entire interior of your mouth at any angle needed, to observe and then magnify anything of concern. In this manner, we can quickly and easily detect cracks, chips, early spots of decay, and wear patterns, allowing us to effectively diagnose and efficiently treat the problem.

iTero…Beyond Impressions

We are making our patients' lives a little easier! Whether you are in our office for new crowns, veneers or bridgework, expect a new, comfortable experience that eliminates impressions. You no longer have to endure a tray full of impression material hardening in your mouth. The iTero handheld scanner takes a digital, 3D image of your prepared teeth in about three to five minutes, stopping as needed. The digital image is sent to our lab where a computer creates an accurate replica of your mouth. iTero has transformed the first appointment for fixed restorations, and we're happy to bring our patients this new, exciting technology.

Learn more about iTero online at www.cadentitero.com.

Computerized Shade Mapping

A device similar to the intra-oral camera is our revolutionary computerized shade-mapping camera. This tiny camera scans the surfaces of the teeth for which restorations will be made, registering the exact tooth color and degree of translucency. From this information, we then generate a precise 'map' of this information for use by the laboratory.

Advanced Materials

Technology has also been responsible for creation of a number of new, advanced dental materials. One example is the composite resin used for bonding cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth--- the resin bonds with the original tooth structure and thus strengthens it, while simultaneously creating a lovely, natural-looking finished tooth.

We also credit advanced technology for the development of the Procera system of creating computer generated ceramic crowns, laminates, bridges, and implant restorations. This system involves a highly precise method of designing and fitting such restorations…using a remarkably durable, tissue-friendly, esthetically pleasing ceramic material. The Procera system creates a long-lasting, yet barely perceptible restoration meticulously fitted to the patient's individual tooth.

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