Welcome To Our New Prosthodontist
Dr Harminder Sehmi joins our Chelmsford practice as a specialist prosthodontist.
We would like to introduce Dr Sehmi to our patients and you can read his full profile over at our website team page.
Briefly though, he qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s, University of London in 2003 and has undergone extensive training since, enabling him to develop advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in need of significant oral restorations.
As the role of the prosthodontist is perhaps less well understood than some other dentistry fields, such as dentist or hygienist, we thought that we would take this opportunity to look at the type of work a prosthodontist may typically do.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who treats patients who have dental or facial problems that require reconstruction through replacement methods. They are highly skilled in procedures such as the placing of dental implants, crowns, bridges and other general and cosmetic restorations.
For a prosthodontist to carry out significant restoration work, and especially where dental implants are to be used, other dentists and hygienists play an important role too. Prior to this kind of advanced treatment, it is particularly important for the mouth to be healthy, and any problems such as gum disease must be treated beforehand.
Restoration and replacement of teeth
To restore function and appearance to badly damaged or missing teeth, a prosthodontist will, first of all, thoroughly examine the patient, using x rays and scans where necessary. Once this has been done, a treatment plan can be put into place. Where teeth have been lost, dental implants are one of the most effective tools at the prosthodontist’s disposal. Whether used for individual tooth replacement or as part of a full arch replacement procedure (same day, full arch implants), these offer a great way to restore a mouth to excellent functionality again. Dentures too may be used where a patient does not wish to have implants placed.
Where a tooth is damaged, but not to a degree where extraction would be the only option available, crowns are an excellent way of retaining and strengthening a tooth. Many patients of Blue Sky Dental have successfully had damaged teeth saved in this way.
If you have missing or very badly damaged teeth and find that you have difficulty in chewing or swallowing your food, our specialist Chelmsford dental team have the skills to help you. In order to assess the damage and diagnose the problems correctly, an appointment will be needed so that the correct treatment can be provided. To make an appointment at Blue Sky Dental, please call us on 01245 211070.