Why a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is literally an expert at repairing damaged teeth with restorations and replacing lost teeth with prosthetics. Unexpected injuries, disease, and age can ravage our teeth and since teeth cannot self-heal, dental work is a fact of life for most people. When it comes to restorations and prosthetics, precision is a necessity for ensuring that a patient reestablishes comfortable and efficient oral function. Moreover, the attention to detail and precision that a prosthodontist can provide will also help improve the appearance of badly damaged or diseased teeth.

The Specialty of Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is a dental specialty. Those practicing as specialists in this field must be board certified by the American College of Prosthodontists. This dental specialty focuses on repairing and replacing teeth with prosthetics and restorations including dentures, bridges, dental implants, crowns, and porcelain veneers.

To place restorations and prosthetics, specialists in this field must have expertise diagnosing conditions that affect dentition along with the ability to plan complex treatment for complicated cases.

The Education and Training of a Prosthodontist

Prosthodontists are dentists with additional training and education. After receiving a DDS or DMD, a dentist will then enroll in an ADA (American Dental Association) accredited program to complete their specialist preparation. Programs for prosthodontics may be based on hospital or university affiliations. Typical training for this specialty includes coursework related to restoring and replacing teeth, reviewing the latest technology and literature that applies to prosthodontics, attending lectures and workshops held by experts, and gaining hands-on experience in dental laboratories and with treating patients. In addition to advanced education, years of experience working with dental technicians means that our doctor has an intimate understanding of the process for fabricating restorations and prosthetics. This helps ensure that our patients receive high quality treatment that will produce significant improvements in oral function and the aesthetics of a smile.

Becoming a prosthodontist requires tenacity and dedication. Specialty training and earning board certification is rigorous. These stringent requirements are what make a prosthodontist a trusted and capable doctor.

Conditions and Treatments Provided by a Prosthodontist

Prosthodontists are very skilled at addressing tooth loss with replacement teeth like full and partial dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Restoring and repairing teeth affected by trauma and disease are common treatments provided by a prosthodontist, too. Many times, complex cases where one requires full rehabilitation of an arch of teeth involves very precise treatment planning utilizing different types of restorations and prosthetics such as a combination of dental implants and porcelain veneers.

Following are a few common services our practice offers:

  • Repairing old or failing dental work
  • Relining or replacing prosthetics like dentures
  • Bonding veneers
  • Placing permanent restorations like crowns or bridges
  • Embedding dental implants
  • Fitting a patient for dentures

In addition to prosthetics and restorations, Dr. Bicakci offers generalized services like Invisalign and oral appliances. For instance, we offer treatment for sleep apnea and bruxism with custom made mouth pieces. Our team can assist patients suffering with TMJ disorder and obstructive snoring.

Who Should Visit a Prosthodontist

Virtually anyone affected by tooth loss or people requiring restorations can benefit from seeing our doctor. Many times, a dentist or oral surgeon will refer a patient to our practice. In these instances, Dr. Bicakci may work closely with other specialists to help rehabilitate patients with severely decreased oral function caused by disease or extensive dental trauma.

People who already wear dentures or have dental work visit our practice, too. Over time, restorations can fail and require replacement. Our doctor has vast experience with removing and replacing old fillings, crowns, and bridges. Patients suffering from tooth loss, even if they have replacement teeth such as dentures, typically require follow up treatment. This is because losing teeth will affect the shape and arch of the jaw. When the roots of teeth are no longer present in the jaw, the body will resorb bone

What our Patients Say

  • I recently moved to Chicago, and I am so thankful that I have been referred to Lincoln Dental Care. The staff is friendly, accommodating, and informative!  I am happy that I was able to get an appointment, as they are currently accepting new patients!!

    Garrett S.
  • I’ve gone here for a year or two now and couldn’t be more pleased.  I actually first came here because my previous dentist (at a very nice boutique place that I won’t name) wanted to fill a “cavity.”  That dentist was out of network for my insurance provider so I came here to Lincoln Dental Care to get it filled.   Dr. Nihal to a look at my tooth and guess what…. I didn’t have any cavity that needed filling!  I appreciated Dr. Nihal’s honesty (she easily could have just filled the “cavity” and billed me for it) and started going here instead of the other shady dentist I had been using.   Everyone at Lincoln Dental Care  from the front desk people to the hygienist are super nice and professional.   The space is bright and clean and I never have to wait for my appointment to start on time.   A++++++

    Tony f.

Meet your Prosthodontists

Drs Nihal and Hirant Bicakci, who are both Prosthodontists, have more than eighteen years of dental experience and they dedicate their skills, expertise and education to create the perfect and healthy smiles.