What is Prosthodontics?   FAQ's
Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that is dedicated to the task of “tooth replacement” and “oral reconstruction”. The use of crowns, implants, dentures and veneers are used in Prosthodontics to replace restore and improve the overall appearance and function of your mouth and smile. The practice of cosmetic dentistry also falls under the umbrella of Prosthodontics.

In a lot of cases , Prosthodontists are asked to treat the more difficult or complex problems that require oral reconstruction. Sometimes replacing a single tooth or crown may provide the most challenging cosmetic issues and a higher standard of care may be necessary to provide the best outcome.

  Why should I see a Prosthodontist?
For general dentistry and normal dental visits, you should see your General dentist regularly. You should consider the opinion of a Prosthodontist if your treatment involves more advanced procedures that involve implants, crowns bridges or dentures, or if cosmetics is of a high importance to you should also see a Prosthodontist. Jaw joint, bite and occlusal problems can also be evaluated and treated by your prosthodontist.

What is the difference between a Cosmetic Dentist & a Prosthodontist?
The difference lies in the training and qualifications required to become a Prosthodontist and the range of treatment a Prosthodontist can provide. While Prosthodontics is a recognised specialty in the United States, UK and Europe, cosmetic dentistry is not.

Prosthodontists are dentists who have undergone an internationally recognized and formally structured university training program to give them the extra skills and knowledge required to plan and manage dental problems. One can only become a Prosthodontist after several years (currently 3) of strictly monitored, full time theoretical and practical training at an approved University in addition to the normal dental degree.

A Cosmetic Dentist does not require any extra formal qualifications other than a normal dental degree. Most dentists will provide dentistry that is cosmetic in nature as a regular part of their practice however, it is assumed that a dentist who calls themselves a cosmetic dentist will have undertaken some additional courses in cosmetic dentistry. Currently a Cosmetic Dentist is not required to have any other additional qualifications other than a standard dental degree.