What is a Prosthodontist?
The history of the word prosthodontist is derived from:
Prostho… relating to prosthetic devices to replace or repair teeth and/or oral tissues. AND dontist – an oral health health care professional (dentist)
A prosthodontist is dentist who has undergone additional training after their primary dental degree in the advanced restoration of teeth and replacement of missing teeth.
A prosthodontist is a dental professional who specializes in restorations to improve the function and aesthetics of the mouth. This can involve fitting crowns, veneers or bridges that match the shape and colour of your natural teeth, making partial or full dentures that will fit comfortably in your mouth, or using implants to replace missing teeth.
Prosthodontists are trained to restore your mouth comprehensively using specialist knowledge and skills together with the most modern materials and latest techniques.
Their aim is to fully restore your mouth to optimal function and appearance and in so doing, help you to maintain your teeth for as long as possible and reduce the need for future dental treatment
Services falling under the expertise of a Prosthodontist include:
Post-graduate programs in prosthodontics include lectures and seminars, laboratory and clinical training in many topics including: aesthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures and congenital or birth anomalies to teeth.
“Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation. A prosthodontist is dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth." (American College of Prosthodontics)
What is the difference between a general dentist and a prosthodontist?
General Dentists can manage most of the routine dental problems associated with damage arising from dental decay, broken teeth, isolated missing teeth and other such problems.
However, if there is extensive dental damage due to injury, severe tooth wear from grinding or clenching or if there are numerous missing teeth, restoration can become quite complex and you and your condition may be better suited for treatment by a more highly trained Dentist, such as a Prosthodontist.
Patients who are referred to a prosthodontist usually have more complex dental needs such as; failing dental work, severely broken down, decayed or worn teeth, a complicated bite, or have difficulty eating or functioning.
Rigorous training and experience provide Prosthodontists with a special understanding of the creation of tooth replacements, the dynamics of the position of the teeth and smile, and the preservation of a healthy mouth.
I restoration of an entire arch or the whole mouth is needed a prosthodontist is indicated for this difficult and complex type of dental treatment.
Patients considering major changes to their appearance or thinking about undergoing implant treatment should consult with a prosthodontist to ensure they are gaining the highest possible dental care. The success of these difficult treatments relies on the expertise available through a trained prosthodontist.