What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Most prosthodontists receive two to three years of additional training after dental school in a program accredited by the American Dental Association based either at a hospital or a university. The training includes reviews of the literature, lectures, treatment of patients and laboratory experience in fabricating restorations.      

What dental procedures does a prosthodontist do?

Prosthodontists are the experts in dental rehabilitation and have mastered many procedures including: crowns, caps, bridges, veneers, removable partial dentures, dentures and dental implants. In addition to restoring dental implants with restorations, many prosthodontists are surgically placing implants as well. 


Is a prosthodontist different from a “cosmetic dentist”?

The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, and the ADA does not include “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialty. Prosthodontists receive extensive training and experience in dental esthetics and cosmetics during their graduate programs which currently last three years. Many cosmetic dentists receive training during seminars or a series of courses, but this training is usually limited to weekend or possibly weeklong courses.


Will the prosthodontist complete all of my required treatment?

The prosthodontist is best viewed as the “architect” of your dental project. S/he has the vision of your final outcome, both the esthetics of your smile and the improved function of your bite. Often other dental specialists may participate in your treatment to help establish a solid foundation for your restorations. Every prosthodontist develops a treatment plan customized for each individual patient, and s/he will determine if adjunctive procedures by another doctor are necessary. 


Is Dr. Watkins among the providers in my insurance network?

Insurance companies rarely differentiate between fees charged by general dentists and those charged by specialists. Therefore, most specialists are not considered providers.  The insurance will still contribute to the cost of your treatment, and our office staff will help you achieve your maximum benefit.

Will insurance pay for my treatment?

Your insurance company will cover most procedures, at least to some degree. Most companies have a yearly maximum allowable benefit, and some companies disallow certain procedures. A pretreatment authorization often is the best way to determine the extent your insurance company will cover your treatment. Our staff will gladly assist with any of your insurance questions.


Does the office follow strict infection control procedures?

Yes, our office is completely compliant with OSHA and follows the guidelines published by the American Dental Association regarding infection control in the dental office.


How much will my treatment cost and how will I pay for it?

Every patient receives an individualized treatment plan following an appointment devoted to the gathering of information. The patient’s desires will be addressed as well as his/her dental needs. Once a treatment plan is developed and the patient agrees to treatment, payment options can be explored with our office staff. 


How long will my treatment take?

The length of treatment time depends on many factors including the procedures involved.  Once your individualized treatment plan is established, please feel to discuss the time required for treatment with Dr. Watkins.