Drs. Skowron & Curtin
Restore Your Smile with Dr. Skowron
Prosthodontists are dentists who specialize in restoring missing or damaged teeth, as well as treating deficient jaw structures. In addition to completing dental school, they undergo three years of advanced training in placing restorations, cosmetic dentistry, TMJ therapy, and more.
If you need to replace a tooth, it’s best to visit a prosthodontist because they have the necessary knowledge and experience to find the ideal solution for your smile.
We recommend visiting a prosthodontist for the following treatments:
- Dental implants
- TMJ therapy
- Smile makeover
The Benefits of Visiting a Prosthodontist
Though other dentists may be able to perform some restorative procedures, prosthodontists are the leading experts on placing dental prosthetics to restore your smile. No matter how many teeth you’re missing, a prosthodontist uses their extensive training combined with advanced technology to protect and maintain your oral health.
When looking for a prosthodontist, it’s always best to choose one who’s certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP). This means they’ve passed a thorough examination and are subjected to recertification every eight years to ensure they keep up with current methods and treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental bridges last?
Typically a dental bridge will last between five to 15 years, or longer. Following a regular oral hygiene routine and scheduling biannual checkups with your dentist can increase the longevity of your restoration. During your checkups, your dentist will examine your dental bridge and tighten the hardware if necessary. To increase the lifespan of your dental bridge, our prosthodontist will recommend that you follow a few guidelines, including:
- Avoid hard or chewy foods that place stress on the restoration
- Use a fluoride rinse and toothpaste
- Refrain from consuming starchy or sugary foods that cause decay
- Remember to floss between your teeth and gums
How long will a dental crown last?
A dental crown will typically last about 15 years. However, there are a few ways you can increase the longevity of your crown to last between 25 to 30 years or longer. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the lasting benefits of your crown:
- Avoid biting into hard objects and candy
- Refrain from clenching your teeth
- Treat bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Follow a regular dental hygiene routine of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, and rinsing between meals
- Schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings with our prosthodontist
How much do porcelain veneers cost and does dental insurance cover them?
The cost of veneers depends on how many you’re receiving and your individual case. During your initial consultation, our prosthodontist will examine your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a breakdown of the cost.
Your insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. We suggest contacting your provider to get a better understanding of your coverage prior to your appointment. Our team works closely with many insurance providers to make sure you get the maximum benefits possible.
How long after tooth extractions can I get dentures?
After a tooth extraction, you’ll want to wait six to eight weeks to be fitted for dentures. This allows time for the swelling to diminish and you’ll get a better fit on your dentures. Our prosthodontist will assess how you’re healing at your follow-up appointment and this will determine how long you’ll have to wait.
Visit Drs. Skowron and Curtin for Prosthodontic Treatment
Dr. John Skowron Jr. earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Prosthodontics and has served as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Fixed Prosthodontics at Northwestern University. Dr. Curtin is a graduate of the Marquette Pre-Dental Scholar Program and the Marquette University Dental School.
With years of education and experience behind them, you can trust Drs. Skowron and Curtin to provide comfortable prosthodontic care that produces exceptional results. If you want to restore your smile, contact our practice in Winnetka, IL by calling (847) 446-0970 and schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today.