What is a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists are dentists with an additional three years of training in a post-graduate education program. Because of this additional training, prosthodontists have additional skills in all areas of complete dentistry. Prosthodontists also have advanced training in treating occlusal bite disorders. There are many ways to treat your bite. We use “T-Scan” computerized technology to help diagnose and treat bite problems. It is critical to prevent occlusal (bite) interferences which can lead to joint and muscle disorders; tooth pain, loosening, wear or fractures. It is important to prevent bite problems.
Why should you choose us?
- You will receive complete treatment and great attention to detail. You will rest easy knowing we only use certified laboratory technicians and proven dental materials.
- We provide on time and unrushed treatment. We are proud of our work and we would like you to know that we stand behind our treatment if adjustments or complications should occur.
- Dr. Cooley is a member of the American Dental Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and Diplomat to the American Board of Prosthodontics (Board Certified). There are less than 400 Board Certified Prosthodontists in private practice in the United States. Dr. Cooley is also a member of the International Academy of Gnathology and the Academy of Osseointegration and American Academy Of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Cooley Prosthetic Dentistry: David R Cooley DDS is a Rapid City Dentist office. As a prosthetic dentist office, we specialize in restoring and replacing missing teeth. When you visit our 57702 dentist office, we will first conduct a thorough examination to determine what issues you are currently having with your teeth and gums. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Cooley has received additional training in the best ways to restore and replace teeth so once your examination is complete, he will go over your options in detail.
As a cosmetic dentist in Rapid City, we are focused on two main things: your health and your appearance. Our first priority is to ensure that your teeth, gums, and jaw are in perfect oral health. This is critical because even if you have esthetic issues addressed with cosmetic dentistry, your appearance will start to deteriorate if there are underlying health conditions. It is critical, therefore, to have any infections, cavities, or gum disease addressed prior to completing any cosmetic dental work or in conjunction with restorative dentistry.
As a prosthodontist in Rapid City SD, we realize that many people are unaware of what a prosthodontist is and can do for them.
What does a prosthodontist/prosthetic dentist do?
As a prosthodontist, we perform a thorough examination and analysis of your oral health issues, looking beyond the surface to understand the complexity of any challenges you face while identifying the best way to address them. We are focused on restoring both the form, functionality and appearance of teeth. Rather than simply, improving their appearance, we want to ensure that their function is intact as is the integrity of the tooth and the jawbone. As an implant dentist, we can even restore dental implants that have been damaged, so these skills extend to synthetic teeth as well as natural ones.
As a specialist, many of the procedures that we complete are focused on the best way to restore or replace teeth. With that in mind, we are a veneers dentist in Rapid City SD, and frequently use this solution to restore teeth that have been cracked or chipped. A veneer is a thin shell that is made of a tooth-colored ceramic and bonded to the surface of the tooth. It essentially replaces natural enamel and, as such, before your veneer is placed, a portion of your enamel must be removed to ensure that the veneer lays flat. This is typically done in the first procedure along with making an impression of your teeth and selecting the shade that you want the veneer to be created in. A temporary veneer is then secured to your tooth, using a water-based glue while the dental lab creates your permanent veneer to exact specifications. When the permanent veneer is ready, you will return for us to make any final adjustments before bonding it in place. The result will be a beautiful, natural looking, and durable tooth. As an additional benefit, we can use dental veneers to close gaps in your teeth, make them the same size, cover dark stains, and more.
We can also solve many dental issues with a crown. If your tooth is significantly damaged or you have lost a large portion of your enamel, this is a preferable solution because a dental crown surrounds your tooth like a cap. We can have it created in a tooth-colored material so that it appears completely natural and blends in with your surrounding teeth. In fact, if you have lost a tooth, we can use dental crowns and bridges to replace it as an alternative to dentures.
Given Dr. Cooley’s additional training as a prosthodontist, if you do need dentures, he can ensure that they fit perfectly. As a dentures dentist in Rapid City SD, he provides dentures that look amazing and are entirely comfortable.
Additionally, for those experiencing headaches or jaw pain, Dr. Cooley is a TMJ dentist Rapid City SD patients turn to for relief. If you live in Rapid City, SD and are looking for a dentist near me, we invite you to call (605) 716-9061 and schedule a dental exam.