3480 Hillcrest Rd
Dubuque, IA

Patient Education

Lattner Dental believes that the better informed you are about dental health issues, the more pro-active you’ll be in making wise dental decisions. That’s why we have selected the following patient education resources listed below.  If you are looking for information on a certain subject and do not see it here, contact us by phone or email and we’ll be happy to help!

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive two or three years of additional training after dental school, and restore optimum appearance and function to your smile.

Why see a prosthodontist?

When would you need the care of a prosthodontist?

You need the care of 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?

What options do prosthodontists offer to restore your teeth?

Prosthodontists offer several options such as implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, full dentures, and partial dentures.

How is a prosthodontist different from other dentists and dental specialists?

  • The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, prosthodontists are THE recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth! While many other dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care.
  • Prosthodontists expertly restore and replace teeth. They have trained 3 additional years after completing dental school. Prosthodontists are also considered the “quarterback” of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs.
  • Prosthodontist looks at how your mouth functions with your bite/occlusion.

What other ailments are prosthodontists trained to treat?

Prosthodontists also understand patients’ unique needs such as:

  • Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
  • TMD, TMJ or other jaw joint problems
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Snoring and sleep disorders
  • Cleft palate and other congenital conditions that affect the mouth.

Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.

What does full mouth reconstruction mean?

In general, any dental treatment that affects all teeth in the mouth is called full mouth reconstruction or full mouth rehabilitation. Prosthodontists are the recognized experts in such treatments. The treatments can range from crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures that will essentially provide a “smile makeover” for the patient.

We are the only prosthodontist within 50 miles of Dubuque specializing in complex, comprehensive restorative treatment. Come visit our office!