Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry
The Speciality Defined
Prosthodontics is a replacement of missing tooth structure, missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures) which may be fixed or a removable, or may be supported and retained by implants. It is the sub-speciality of Restorative Dentistry which deals with the restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function.
The specialist lists enable patients to identify registered dentists who have met certain requirements and have been given the right to be titled ‘Specialist’ by the General Dental Council. Prosthodontics is one of thirteen specialist lists held by the council. It is the only speciality dedicated to aesthetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry.
A registered specialist (with the GDC) specialist in Prosthodontics will have completed an accredited specialist training programme after earning a dental degree. In addition to an extensive clinical education, this training features an in-depth study of dental materials and related sciences, hands-on experience with all laboratory procedures, and collaboration with other dental specialists and medical colleagues.
In these scenarios, the Prosthodontist becomes the architect for multi-disciplinary treatment planning and care. This scope of experience and educational focus distinguishes the Prosthodontist as the authority in the creation of tooth reconstructions and replacements that fit precisely, function optimally, and are biologically compatible.
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The Educated Choice
While general dentists may offer some of the same services, as specialists in the field of aesthetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry, Prosthodontists provide those services at a higher skill level and offer treatment options and customised solutions that are unique to the specialty. Therefore, choosing a Prosthodontist means selecting the person with the appropriate education and experience to care for your dental needs.
Prosthodontists collaborate with general dentists, fellow specialists and other health care professionals to develop solutions to your dental needs. The treatment goal is to restore the health, optimal function and appearance of your teeth and in doing so, help you to maintain your teeth for as long as possible and reduce the need for dental treatment in the future.