Prosthodontics is the dental specialty dedicated to aesthetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry. A Prosthodontist has three years of additional training beyond that of General Dentists in areas of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Teeth can require restorative treatment due to several factors including tooth decay, wear, erosion, fractures, misalignment and discoloration. Restorative treatment to correct these concerns can be dental fillings, veneers and crowns. Missing teeth can be restored with dental bridge restorations, dental implants and full/partial dentures. Prosthodontists often work in conjunction with other specialists to treat complicated cases such as traumatic injuries, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), congenital disorders, sleep apnea and post cancer rehabilitation.
In addition to an extensive clinical education, Prosthodontists have an in-depth study of dental materials and related sciences, hands-on experience with all laboratory procedures and experience collaborating with other dental and medical specialists. In these scenarios, the Prosthodontist becomes the architect for multidisciplinary treatment planning and care. The entry level as a specialist in Prosthodontics in Canada requires a candidate to pass the Royal College of Dentists of Canada Fellowship examinations (RCDC). These examinations are designed to evaluate the candidate’s ability to demonstrate expertise in Prosthodontics consistent with the high standards of practice recognized by the RCDC.
Why is this important to you?
Patients are referred to Prosthodontists by their General Dentists based on a number of factors that make their restorative dental treatment complex. Prosthetic and restorative dentistry have greatly changed over the years with improved dental materials, instruments and techniques that require advanced knowledge and skill. Your Prosthodontist will deliver a sound diagnosis and develop a thorough treatment plan, followed by careful execution of the plan, including routine maintenance.