South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists & Restorative Cosmetic Dentist located in Torrance, CA

If you’re replacing or restoring your teeth, you want to make sure that you’re in the hands of a specialist who can make your new smile as beautiful as it is healthy. MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team at South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, provide exceptional restorations and replacements that will keep your smile in excellent shape for years to come. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the office.

Prosthodontics Q & A

What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that’s concerned with the functional, aesthetic, restoration and replacement of teeth and oral and maxillofacial tissues. 

“Prostho” is Latin for “replacement,” while “donticts” is derived from the Greek word for tooth, “odon,” meaning a prosthodontist is a recognized expert in the replacement of teeth. Ultimately, a prosthodontist is an expert in anything dealing with functional or aesthetic dentistry.

The American Dental Association officially recognizes prosthodontics as a unique dental specialty and requires that practitioners of it receive special training and advanced education (an additional 3-year dental residency program). 

Prosthodontists, therefore, operate on a higher level of care than general dentists when it comes to aesthetics, function and replacing or restoring teeth. A prosthodontist is specially trained in handling more complex or advanced cases.

What specialized training does a prosthodontist have?

In addition to earning a dental degree by completing four years of dental school, prosthodontists have to study and receive specialized training for an additional three years at a university or hospital-based post-graduate program that’s been accredited by the American Dental Association.

During their additional education, prosthodontists develop deep expertise in cosmetic dentistry, crowns, bridges, dental implants, dentures, temporomandibular disorders, and more.

When should I see a prosthodontist?

Some of the services in which prosthodontists are particularly skilled include:

  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Partial dentures and complete dentures
  • Total oral reconstruction

You should also see a prosthodontist if you’re looking to correct any functional or aesthetic imbalances in your smile, want to take part in a total smile makeover, or need advanced care in restoring your teeth to their natural form and function.

Why should I see a prosthodontist?

If you have a condition that’s going to require the replacement or restoration of your teeth, a prosthodontist can provide you with the care that’s simply more advanced. The care you receive under a prosthodontist will result in a final product that looks and feels more like your natural teeth. 

Prosthodontists have additional training that equips them to handle more complex cases and has rich expertise that can leave you assured that you’re in the most capable hands.  

South Bay Prosthodontics offers prosthodontic consultations for their patients. These are comprehensive evaluations that can help you determine your prosthodontic needs. 

While many dentists typically refer patients to prosthodontists, you don’t need a referral to see MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, or Michelle Ikoma, DDS, at South Bay Prosthodontics. Book your consultation today by simply calling the office.