At The Blackrock Clinic, we offer our services within a state of the art purpose built clinic using the latest equipment and procedures in the field.

What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty concerned with the rehabilitation and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of people with missing or deficient teeth.

Who is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who undertakes an additional three years of specialist training after completing dental school. Extensive training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the provision of replacement teeth. As the architect of a dental treatment plan, a prosthodontist collaborates with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental concerns. Prosthodontists are highly trained in state of the art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and aesthetics. These include veneers, crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants and traumatic dental injuries as well as coordinating and planning of a full mouth reconstruction including same day teeth and restoration of zygomatic implants.

Who needs to attend a prosthodontist?

You may wish to visit a prosthodontist if you are missing one or more teeth, you are unhappy with
existing crowns, you are interested in dental implants, you wear dentures or removable partial dentures or you want to realise the full potential of your smile.

What is treatment like?

A full consultation will be carried out at your initial visit. A course of treatment specifically tailored to your needs will be thoroughly explained to you and any questions you may have will be answered. Any recommendations are communicated through individual discussion, followed by a written report with a detailed quotation. Following your consultation, we will schedule follow up appointments to suit your schedule. You will receive comprehensive information regarding your treatment and what to expect. We will maintain strong communication with your general dentist throughout your course of specialised treatment.

How long will it take?

This depends on the extent of your initial problem and your individual requirements. Typical cases last from 3 months to 1 year although more complex cases can take up to 2-3 years to complete. Temporary replacements for missing teeth are provided at all stages of treatment.

Is treatment painful?

No, once the tooth and surrounding area has been numbed using local anaesthetic you will not feel any pain. All procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic (similar to getting a filling) or conscious sedation. There may be some discomfort following certain procedures which you will be advised how to manage.

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