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Prosthodontics in Munster, IN

Prosthodontics | Jamila Miller DDS, MSD | Prosthodontics and General Dentistry | Munster, IN 46321
There are only nine official specialties of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association: Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, and rehabilitation of clinical situations which are beyond the level of family care. Rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of special patients requires advanced education. These special clinical conditions are associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using artificial replacements. Most dental specialties require two-four years of training after four years of college and four years of dental school. Prosthodontics requires three years of advanced, structured and accredited training.

Prosthodontists are the architects of dentistry; specialists who are trained to take an in depth view of a complex problem, sort out the different solutions, and direct the treatment. They have advanced training and experience in complex diagnosis, retreatment, TMJ, sleep apnea, managing the failing dentition, maxillofacial reconstruction of congenital defects (cleft palate) and acquired problems (post cancer surgery and trauma).

If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, you should consider evaluation by a prosthodontist who has three years of formal specialty training.

  • Do you have any missing teeth?
  • Do you want the best smile possible?
  • Do you need implants?
  • Do you have bite problems?
  • Do you wear complete or partial dentures?
  • Do you have TMJ or sleep apnea?
  • Do you have unusual bite problems?
  • Do you have cancer related oral problems?
  • Do you have trauma related or congenital (cleft palate) oral problems?
  • Do you have a dry mouth?

Our mission is to treat special people, with special needs in a special way. We strive to:

  • Listen to your concerns
  • Change your apprehension into comfort
  • Treat you with kindness and compassion
  • Work as a team to restore your smile
  • Take care of financial arrangements before treatment

We feel that the best treatment is the one you choose, that suits your desires and is based upon accurate professional knowledge.

There are several treatments available for restoring diseased teeth and replacing missing teeth. A prosthodontist can discuss your options and help you decide which is best for you. Prosthodontists are especially skilled in the following procedures:

Dental Bridges - A dental bridge is a series of dental crowns used to permanently replace one or more missing teeth. During the procedure, the prosthodontist cements the dental crowns on either end of the dental bridge to the surrounding abutment teeth, literally "bridging the gap" made by the missing tooth.

Dental Crowns - Prosthodontists can save a tooth that is fractured, has a large tooth filling or has had a root canal. The prosthodontist "caps" the tooth's surface with a porcelain or metal dental crown to preserve the interior structure and root, prolonging its life for years to come.

Dental Implants - Dental implants are a close fit to real teeth, and they are a standard practice in dentistry. During the dental implant procedure, the prosthodontist surgically places the dental implant into the jaw. After the dental implant heals, a dental crown or dental bridge is attached to the post, providing a permanent, stable solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are also used to hold removable dentures in place.

Dentures - Prosthodontists offer two types of dentures, depending on your needs. Full dentures are used when all teeth have been lost or extracted. A partial denture is a removable appliance that fills the void for one or several missing teeth.

Dental Veneers - Consider getting your smile makeover from a prosthodontist. Veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are cemented to the front of your natural teeth. Ideal for stained, crooked or chipped teeth, porcelain dental veneers completely cover tooth abnormalities for a beautiful smile!