Ozark Prosthodontics is a state-of-the-art oral care and surgical facility that is devoted to providing restorative care to patients with Down Syndrome. Our Little Rock, AR practice specializes in surgical and non-surgical services with the delivery of care specifically tailored to address the unique needs of patients with Down Syndrome while ensuring their comfort. Our mission is to ensure that all patients, regardless of their conditions, get to enjoy a healthy, functioning smile.
How Does Down Syndrome Affect Your Teeth?
At Ozark Prosthodontics, we understand that people with Down Syndrome may have a higher risk of developing dental conditions due to their physical and psychological disabilities. For example, individuals with Down Syndrome are more likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease simply due to their limited openings and smaller top jaws. The “average” size toothbrush can be complicated to hold and just feels enormous and can make one feel like gagging. We understand the complications of having a restricted airway, crowded teeth, difficulty in opening your mouth, and feeling anxious and afraid of being laid back in the chair. Our doctors have training and experience in working with patients just like you. We can start with just a friendly visit where we get to know each other. Over time, we’d love for you to be in our hygiene program. And, if needed, we have the capabilities of using sedation to help make sure that procedures go extremely safely and comfortably. Treatment plans are entirely personalized.
Our OP doctors focus exclusively on complicated cases. Consequently, our doctors treat more rare conditions than most doctors see in a lifetime. We are renowned for using technology to assist with diagnosing and designing solutions for our patients. We are pioneers in creating more effective, less traumatic, and longer lasting treatment. Our specialists have completed advanced training in surgery and prosthetics. Our patients benefit from that quest by receiving not only the best treatments to minimize the impact of Down Syndrome and will also give them the best chance at a high quality of life.
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Ozark Prosthodontics is a state-of-the-art oral care and surgical facility that is devoted to providing restorative care to patients with down syndrome. Our Fayetteville, AR practice specializes in surgical and non-surgical services with the delivery of care specifically tailored to address the unique needs of patients with down syndrome while ensuring their comfort. Our mission is to ensure that all patients, regardless of their conditions, get to enjoy a healthy, functioning smile.
Understanding Down Syndrome
Before addressing how our oral care practice can support patients with down syndrome, it is important to understand the condition. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when an individual has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the two that are normally present. This disorder is the most common chromosomal condition, with an estimated 6,000 babies born with it every year in the United States.
The most common symptom associated with down syndrome is mild to moderate intellectual disability. However, other physical and mental health issues may arise, such as heart defects, hearing and vision impairments, and mobility difficulties.
How Does Down Syndrome Affect Dentition?
At Ozark Prosthodontics, we understand that those with down syndrome may have a higher risk of developing dental conditions due to their physical and psychological disabilities.
- For example, individuals with down syndrome are more likely to suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, and other periodontal diseases due to their difficulty in properly performing oral hygiene.
- Other common dental issues include developmental abnormalities of the teeth and jaw, overcrowding, and malocclusion.
Treatment At Ozark Prosthodontics
Treatment for a down syndrome patient’s dental condition is entirely custom-built to meet their individual needs. Our prosthodontic team is specially trained in providing care to those with special needs, and we strive to make every patient feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Our team is equipped to provide a variety of treatment options—such as tooth extractions, restorative care, and oral surgery—all under the comfortable influence of safe sedation. Among the services we often provide to down syndrome patients include:
- Extractions of severely decayed or malformed teeth
- Crowns & bridges
- Dental implants
- Full mouth reconstruction
Overall, our goal is to create healthy, functioning smiles for those with down syndrome. We understand the importance of providing excellent care for those who may have difficulty receiving it elsewhere, and we strive to provide the best quality of care every time.
Why Choose Ozark Prosthodontics?
At Ozark Prosthodontics, we take pride in our state-of-the-art facility and specialized equipment that is tailored to provide customized treatment for those with down syndrome. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing the highest quality of care and works hard to ensure that each patient has a comfortable and pleasant experience. With our team’s years of experience, we are confident that our practice can help those with down syndrome achieve their healthiest, most functional smiles.
If you are looking for an oral care facility that is dedicated to providing quality care specifically tailored to those with down syndrome, then look no further than Ozark Prosthodontics. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you or your loved one achieve a healthier smile.