In a nutshell, Prosthodontists are dental specialists that focus on the restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontics is one of the 13 dental specialties recognized by the Dental Board of Australia. Graduate programs in prosthodontics include classroom lectures and seminars, laboratory and clinical training in esthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, and other specialised dental work.
There can be some confusion about the role of prosthodontists because general dentists are also licensed to do the above procedures. However, only a small fraction of a four year undergraduate dental program focuses on these specialised procedures. Most dental schools’ curricula provide limited treatment of crowns, bridges, and other specialised restorative dental work. Many general dentists begin practice without having completed one implant case.
Prosthodontists complete a broad range of complex dental treatments before being accredited. In fact, a prosthodontic graduate program provides more clinical experience in restorative dentistry than years of practice in a typical general dental clinic. Also, once in practice, prosthodontists focus specifically on complex restorative treatments.
Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation and are dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.
Prosthodontists often work with other dental specialists to achieve the best outcome possible. Other specialists include periodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, orthodontists and oral medicine specialists. Each individual has their specific skills in their area of expertise.
A prosthodontist also co-ordinates treatment with your general dentist to make sure that they are kept informed of your treatment and that they are able to continue the long term maintenance of your teeth.