You may have heard of a prosthodontist, but may not be sure what they actually are. Here, we explain what this specialist does and what kind of treatments they offer.
What is prosthodontics?
Our teeth may become damaged by disease, trauma or other causes, just like any other part of our body.
General dentists can resolve some of the causes of damage to teeth. But, if your case is more complex, you may be referred to a prosthodontist for more comprehensive treatment.
Prosthodontics is a specialty of dentistry involving the diagnosis, restoration and maintenance of oral function, appearance and health.
What is a prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists hold specialty designations with their provincial regulatory body. They need 2-3 years of training from an accredited educational program beyond a general dentistry degree
These dental specialists diagnose dental issues, plan treatment and prevent further issues. It may help to think of them as an 'oral architect' developing treatment plans and ensuring treatments are synchronized between dental specialists and general dentists.
With a prosthodontist's services, your natural teeth are restored, and missing teeth or tissues are replaced with artificial substitutes.
Which services does a prosthodontist offer?
Prosthodontists offer a range of services, including bridges, crowns, fillings, implants, mouth guards, veneers and cosmetic procedures.
When would you be referred to a prosthodontist?
When a patient has suffered serious damage to their teeth, they case may require the high-quality attention and care of a prosthodontist. A dentist will assess your smile and evaluate whether you need specialist care on a case-by-case basis.
Have you sustained damage to one or more of your teeth that may require a prosthodontist?
A dentist will be happy to assess your oral health and let you know whether or not your case will require prosthodontic care.