What is the difference between a Prosthodontist and a General Dentist?
The difference between a Prosthodontist and a general dentist can be found in their years of training and expertise.
A Prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed an additional three years of advanced training following dental school. Additionally, a Prosthodontist is required to complete recertification every eight years.
The term ‘prostho-‘ means replacement and ‘-dontist’ means dealing with teeth. Prosthodontists have extensive training in restoring and replacing lost tooth and jaw structures using the latest technologies and an in-depth understanding of laboratory procedures. Prosthodontists are specially trained in restoring optimum function and aesthetics in more complex dental conditions, including facial abnormalities, traumatic injuries, and oral cancer reconstruction.
Essentially, a Prosthodontist is an expert in replacing lost teeth with crowns, veneers, implants, bridges, and partial or complete dentures as well as other restorative dental procedures.
While some general dentists feel comfortable performing these services, they have not received additional training to specialize in replacing teeth. Whether you are in need of replacing one tooth, several teeth, a full arch, or a full mouth reconstruction, a prosthodontist is a preferred choice for your dental provider.
Are you in need of some teeth replacement? Contact us here at Mountain Springs Advanced Dental in Colorado Springs, CO and stop worrying about your teeth.