What is a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists are dentists that specialize in the field of Prosthodontics, as recognized by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). A prosthodontist is a highly educated and trained specialist, dedicated to the health of the entire mouth.
Prosthodontics is the strain of dentistry that is concerned with “the diagnosis, restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of the patient by the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes”, according to the CDA/ADA.
Prosthodontists undergo an additional 3 years of rigorous studies after graduating from dental school and are able to handle complex cases due to their extensive training and experience. Dentists from all over the world compete to train in prosthodontics – one of a few specialties recognized by the CDA/ADA.
What Do Prosthodontists Do?
For most, prosthodontics is synonymous with comprehensive dental care. In their practice, prosthodontists use leading edge dentistry and state of the art technology. Their primary goal is to ensure that your mouth and teeth are healthy and functional – in addition to helping you look better. Consider them the professionals of healthy smiles.
When treating patients with multiple dental concerns, the prosthodontist becomes the architect of the overall treatment. They craft and coordinate the treatment plan, tending to every small detail, and integrate creativity, artistry, technical and interpersonal skills. Think of them as an oral or dental architect.
How Do Prosthodontists Work
A prosthodontist works closely with your GP, your general dentist and other specialists such as dental technicians. By staying abreast of new proven techniques, procedures that used to take months, may now take only a couple of days.
A good prosthodontist will consider what is good for you in the short and long term so, under this specialized care and supervision, you know that your teeth and smile will last your lifetime. Their goal is to provide superior dental solutions that are lasting and meet your aesthetic needs.
Dental Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry Experts
As the oral or dental architects, prosthodontists are responsible for coming up with treatment options, working in collaboration with medical/dental specialists.
These solutions can be:
The patients that a prosthodontist treat are as varied as the types of procedures they provide. They work with patients of all ages, including those with medical issues due to birth defects, accidents, cancer surgery, sleep disorders, jaw pain, tooth loss and eating disorders. They also work with patients with healthy teeth and smiles who want reassurance that their mouths will stay that way into the future.
Prosthodontists change peoples’ mouths, their smiles and their lives.
Why Choose a Prosthodontist
The goal of every prosthodontist is to make sure your smile is the way you want it while ensuring that the overall function of your teeth is strong. That’s what Dr. Kevin AminZadeh aims to do with every patient.
You may just want a second opinion or reassurance that your teeth, mouth and smile are healthy and will stay that way.
A qualified prosthodontist takes the extra time and care to assess your mouth and needs methodically, make considered recommendations, work with you to select the best treatment, and manage the process to ensure you are receiving the best care. Prosthodontists regularly lead teams of dentists and dental specialists to ensure the best possible treatment options for patients.
When You Might Need A Prosthodontist
If any of the following applies to you, we highly recommend a visit to a prosthodontist:
- You have complex dental needs
- You demand high aesthetic results
- You need a professional who can oversee a procedure involving more than one specialist
- You want a professional to treat you who has undergone rigorous training
- You are missing one or multiple teeth
- You are missing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth
- You need a crown, bridge, overlay or underlay
- You are experiencing gum problems
- You are dissatisfied with your smile
Anyone can see a prosthodontist at any time. You don’t need to have a referral from your general dentist or your GP. You can book your own consultation any time or you may be referred to a prosthodontist by your general dentist or your GP.