I’ve been referred to a prosthodontist. What do they do?


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what-is-a-prosthodontist-before-afterWhat is a prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth. They have specialist understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth, and the creation replacement teeth and jaws; crowns, bridges, veneers, implants and dentures.

After completing a four to five year dental degree with honours, prosthodontists undertake a further three years of specialised training to obtain a Masters Degree of Prosthodontics.

While many dentists have an interest in prosthodontics, not all are formally registered as specialists. A prosthodontist is a registered specialist with the Dental Board of Australia. Always check the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website to check the registration of a specialist.

Why might I need to see a prosthodontist?

If your teeth have been damaged by decay, trauma, erosion or general wear and tear, a consultation with a prosthodontist will present a range of options suitable to restore your teeth and your confidence.

What does a prosthodontist do?

A prosthodontists everyday work is formed around the function of replacement teeth and jaws and the way they look. Prosthodontists work closely with dental technicians to ensure that each custom-made prosthesis is natural looking, attractive and comfortable enough to wear everyday.

  1. Replace missing or damaged teeth
    The loss of teeth, whether through accident or as part of the aging process, can be traumatic and can affect self-confidence. A consultation with a Smile Solutions prosthodontist will assess your individual needs, and determine your suitability for dentures, removable partial dentures, dental implants, a fixed bridge or a combination of treatments to restore your smile.
  2. Handle complex cases
    Prosthodontists have in-depth knowledge and experience of how the teeth and jaw work together to create a proper bite. Working with other Smile Solutions specialists, our prosthodontists provide treatment and recreate teeth and jaws for patients with birth defects such as cleft palate; conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD); traumatic injuries; and complex restorations for patients who have undergone treatment for head and neck cancer.
  3. Smile makeover: aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry
    If you’re not happy with your smile, you may choose to have a smile makeover. Prosthodontists are the experts in:
  • placing complete fixed crowns or bridges on teeth;
  • placing colour-matched veneers onto teeth to conceal defects;
  • using bonding technology on a tooth’s surface to change it’s shape or close unwanted gaps;
  • bleaching discoloured teeth to brighten and whiten your smile.

Why see a Smile Solutions prosthodontist?

Smile Solutions prosthodontists take an holistic approach to care and work in conjunction with our team of general dentists, specialists, technicians and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs.

Making an appointment to see a Smile Solutions prosthodontist

Smile Solutions’ registered specialist prosthodontist is Dr Jamie Foong. Working alongside him is our highly skilled dental prosthesist, Mr Brent Smart. You do not need a referral to make an appointment to see the highly experienced Smile Solutions prosthodontics team. Simply call the friendly team at Smile Solutions reception on (03) 9650 2420.

Remember: if you are seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental work, do your research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care.

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*The contents of this blog post are of a general nature only and may not apply to your specific circumstances. As every person is different we always recommend that you visit a qualified dental practitioner to obtain tailored dental advice to suit your own specific needs.

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