Prosthodontics Q & A

What is prosthodontics?


Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of missing teeth or jaw structures. The purpose is to rebuild damaged structures and restore oral function and appearance.

To become a prosthodontist, a dentist must complete three years of additional training after dental school, pass a rigorous exam for board certification, and recertify every eight years. The extensive training associated with the specialty gives prosthodontists advanced expertise with the following procedures:

  • Dental implants

  • Crowns and bridges

  • Dentures

  • Maxillofacial prosthesis

  • TMJ/TMD adjustments

  • Sleep apnea appliance therapy

Dr. Zharkina takes an integrative approach to prosthodontics, focusing on your whole-body health as it relates to your oral health. Dental issues, such as gum disease and missing teeth, can affect other physical structures as well as your mental state. So, Dr. Zharkina doesn’t just treat your condition in isolation; she considers its impact on your entire body.

Why see a prosthodontist rather than a general dentist? All dentists have some training in oral surgery, but a prosthodontist has advanced skills in more complex dental conditions. You might choose to see a prosthodontist, such as Dr. Zharkina, for problems like:

  • Missing teeth

  • Impacted wisdom teeth

  • Misaligned jaw

  • Broken or fractured teeth

She can provide effective solutions for complex dental issues. As a PPO provider, Dr. Zharkina offers many prosthodontic procedures without the need for a referral.

How do I choose a prosthodontist? Choosing a prosthodontist is often based on logistical factors and personal preference. Many people narrow their choice by insurance coverage and location and then consider the following factors:

  • Expertise for your dental needs

  • Compatible personality and approach

  • Comfort level at the facility

  • Convenient location and hours

  • Previous client testimonials and results

Once you find a few providers that you think you can trust, you may want to visit them in person to get a feel for how they operate. InStyle Dental is in-network with all major dental insurance providers, and Dr. Zharkina is available to meet with you and discuss your dental needs and goals.

If you’re looking for a prosthodontist in New York City, request a consultation at InStyle Dental by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.