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Prosthodontics

What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a dental speciality recognised by the General Dental Council. It pertains to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues.

What is a prosthodontist?

A specialist prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed dental school, years of on the job work experience and then a minimum of three additional years of advanced training and education in an-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. They specialise in treating and handling dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures. A prosthodontist is highly trained in aesthetics restorations, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more.

How is a prosthodontist different from other dentists and dental specialists?

The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, prosthodontists are the recognised experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from restorations of individual teeth single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth. While many other dentists can do some of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care.

Prosthodontists have advanced training in restoring and replacing teeth. Prosthodontists are considered the leaders of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs.

 

Dr Preeyan Patel will shortly be qualifying as a specialist. Meet our dentist here.

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