WHAT IS A PROSTHODONTIST
Prosthodontist are trained in the field of crown & bridgework, veneers, implant reconstruction, denture work, occlusion, temporo-mandibular joint function and complex Full mouth oral rehabilitation. Prosthodontists restore esthetics, function and comfort with artificial substitutes. Prosthodontists are also trained in the technical and technological aspects of laboratory fabrication of complex dental prosthetics and complex restoration of dental and facial esthetics
These restorations are used to restore damaged teeth, replace missing teeth, anchor dentures/crowns/bridges with dental implants, enhance patients’ esthetics (dental and facial) and correct orofacial problems.
Prosthodontist have a unique skill set to treatment plan, diagnose and manage complex dental problems. They frequently work-in a multi-disciplinary environment with other specialists to rehabilitate broken down mouths. The are skilled in biomaterials, biomechanics, function and aesthetics.
Prosthodontists are often involved in teaching and training of other dentists and dental students, either within the University or independently.
Through ongoing research and material development, the specialty of prosthodontics has strengthened and has taken advantage of new procedures and processes. The application of digital innovation in dentistry has been a major factor in the evolution of prosthodontics. As an example, in the area of dental implants prosthodontists routinely utilize cone bean computed tomography (CBCT) in the planning and placement of dental implants. Continuing beyond digital imaging, computer aided image capture, design and manufacturing of restorations has become the logical pathway for prosthodontics to follow.