The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the design, manufacture, and fitting of artificial replacements for teeth and other parts of the mouth. Basically, it is a specialisation that focuses on complex cosmetic dentistry, for aesthetic, oral health and functionality purposes.
What is a prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists expertly restore and replace teeth. They have trained three additional years after completing their dental degree. Essentially, prosthodontists are recognised experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth. While many other dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care from diagnosis, creating a treatment plan and carrying out expert treatment.
What treatments do they offer?
- Restoring damaged teeth using veneers and crowns
- Replacing missing teeth with dental implants
- Whitening stained or discoloured teeth
- Reshaping irregular teeth
- Provide a whole smile makeover using a combination of techniques
These treatments are often necessary for oral health and functionality, as a missing tooth or oral trauma obviously affects the way the mouth works for eating, speaking and structure. In these cases it is essential that individuals have these issues addressed to avoid further, even more severe problems in the future, as well as getting back to enjoying a comfortable and pain-free lifestyle. Many procedures are also for cosmetic purposes, as missing, jagged or crooked teeth which can cause people to lose self-confidence and avoid smiling or speaking. Being such a central focal point of the entire mouth and body, it is not unreasonable to feel this way, however a prosthodontist can provide solutions and treatment for all these problems so you can regain your confidence.
Why should I see a prosthodontist?
Although general dentists are able to carry out many of these procedures, prosthodontists have completed three full years of supervised specialist postgraduate training and study at a dental school, within a university setting, to achieve a high level of expertise in the field. Additionally, as their service list is more specific than a general practitioner they are able to concentrate on these specific treatments without distraction, enabling them to perform the best work possible.