Where Do Dental Prosthetics Come From?

womanquestionfaceWhen you visit us because you are concerned with tooth loss – or cosmetic improvements to your existing smile – you may find that we suggest dental prosthetics. A prosthetic is an artificial tooth or portion of a tooth that will improve the function or beauty of your smile. For instance, we may suggest porcelain veneers to cover the visible part of your current smile for a beautiful transformation. Or, we may restore implants or offer a dental bridge to replace missing teeth. While you likely feel enthusiastic about seeing your soon-to-be beautiful grin, you may find yourself wondering where prosthetics come from. How do we make sure they fit your mouth and your preferences? Who makes them? We appreciate your interest in learning more about your dental care and invite you to learn more:

Your Consultation

Before we begin any treatment, we will first meet with you to examine your smile and to speak with you. We will need to determine the types of dental prosthetics that may improve your smile, as well as gain an understanding of your wants. You may wish to complete your smile in the wake of tooth loss. Budget and durability may be extremely important. Or, you may wish to make specific improvements to your natural teeth. Whatever the case, we will need to take impressions of your teeth and create a personalized care plan tailored to your goals.

A Master Ceramicist Crafts Your Prosthetics

For the most part, we rely on the artistry of a master ceramicist who is highly trained and experienced in creating prosthetics for dentistry. We collaborate with world famous ceramicists to ensure your smile looks beautiful and natural. To complete the process, we will send your impressions and instructions for your preferences to the ceramicist at a dental lab. Once we receive the finished product, you will visit us again for placement. We will make final adjustments, so you may leave with your newly improved smile.


Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.