Prosthodontics Specialist

Matthew D. Gemp, DMD, PLLC

Prosthodontist & Cosmetic & Implant Dentist located in Houston, TX

When you have several issues with your oral health, you’ll want a dental specialist known as a prosthodontist. Dr. Matthew Gemp, doctor of medical dentistry in Houston is such a specialist, the most advanced form of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Dr. Gemp provides all the therapeutic and cosmetic dental procedures necessary to bring your smile back to full health, so you can feel confident when you contact the practice for an appointment that he can resolve your problems.

Prosthodontics Q & A

What is prosthodontics?

A multidisciplinary dental practice designed to provide a balance between function, aesthetics, and longevity, prosthodontics typically provides the most comprehensive one-stop dental care experience. A prosthodontist like Dr. Gemp can provide virtually any service related to your oral health and the cosmetic appearance of your smile.

After graduating dental school, a budding prosthodontist has an additional three or four years of education before certification. Extra study includes high-level full mouth reconstruction, implantation, and other techniques aimed at patients with tooth loss or other conditions requiring restoration. In addition to teeth and gum disorders, the prosthodontist also addresses problems with the jaw, particularly those caused by poor tooth alignment, whether due to excessive wear, congenital problems, or other conditions.

What procedures does a prosthodontist typically perform?

If you think the role of prosthodontist sounds like a dental specialist on steroids, you may not be far from reality. In the past, the specialty disciplines of dentistry, such as orthodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery, among others, meant referrals from your regular dentist. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Gemp provides aspects of all these disciplines within his practice.

Typical prosthodontic procedures include:

  • Aesthetic reconstructive dentistry, including permanent implant restorations and some reconstructive work following surgical treatment of oral cancer
  • Bonded restorations such as dental veneers, used to restore the appearance of stained, faded, or damaged teeth
  • Corrections of uneven teeth through several techniques
  • Dental bridges, as a treatment for missing teeth, both tooth and implant supported
  • Dental crowns, prosthetic teeth typically made from porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two
  • Fixed or removable, complete or partial dentures
  • Treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea

Does Dr. Gemp provide regular dental care?

Yes. While a prosthodontist covers the range of dental specialties, basic dental care remains part of the complete therapeutic process, whether you’ve previously had more advanced restoration work done or not. When you have implants, crowns, or veneers, using Dr. Gemp as your regular dental care specialist gives you an added level of assurance since he can readily identify complications with these procedures, in the unlikely event they occur.