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NPAW-National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

Apr 02 2017

I am proud to inform you that the Minnesota Section of the American College of Prosthodontists will celebrate its second “National Prosthodontics Awareness Week’ this April 2-8. Prosthodontics is the American Dental Association recognized specialty that encompasses diagnosing, treatment planning, restoring, and replacing the natural teeth in order to rehabilitate and maintain the function, comfort, appearance and health of patients.
The American Dental Association recognizes prosthodontists as dental specialists with two to three years of additional training after dental school in the prevention and treatment of tooth loss. They have a highly skilled understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacements. Prosthodontists also maintain a strong commitment to the dental health care needs of older patients, individuals with congenital anomalies, and those who have been affected by oral cancer.
Tooth loss happens from decay, gum disease, traumatic injury, cancer or wear. Losing teeth places stress on the mouth’s structures and shape causing the bone to shrink and possibly changing a person’s facial appearance. Many adults who do not replace their missing teeth suffer poor self‐esteem, premature aging, poor diet, loss of function and social embarrassment. By utilizing dental implants, fixed bridgework, removable partial dentures and complete dentures a prosthodontists’ expertise can change a smile and a life.
The goals of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week are:
• To raise public awareness about the critical importance of mouth (or oral?) health;
• To raise public awareness on how to best care for missing teeth; and
• To increase awareness about the services provided by prosthodontists in their local communities, including pro bono care.
The American College of Prosthodontists’ mission is to provide the highest standard of patient care, work closely with other dental professionals to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatments, and improve the quality of patients’ lives.

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