Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the replacement of missing teeth and associated gum and bone, with artificial substitutes.
Although all dentists are trained to do crowns, bridges, and dentures, a Prosthodontist has completed years of supervised specialist postgraduate study and training at a dental school, within a university setting, thus achieving a high level of expertise in the field. The training is multidisciplinary, ensuring that the Prosthodontic graduate develops a high level of knowledge of other dental specialties. This enables the Prosthodontist to integrate your treatment plan with other specialists, thus ensuring that the best possible level of care is provided.
Prosthodontists have special training and thus expertise in the areas of dental implants, crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures, major dental reconstruction, traumatic tooth injuries, TMD (jaw joint problems), complete oral rehabilitation and complex care management involving multiple specialities.
Prosthodontists will usually treat the more difficult dental problems for people who are missing teeth or have significant functional or aesthetic irregularities. For large or complex dental problems a Prosthodontist is usually the best person to provide an overall treatment plan, coordinate between specialities, and complete your restorative treatments.
Prosthodontists are diagnostic and treatment planning specialists who commonly deal with complex cases and they often coordinate treatment with other specialists.