Prosthodontics is the field of dentistry that relates to rebuilding natural teeth and restoring missing teeth with prosthetic replacements. This may involve a routine procedure such as making a crown for a damaged tooth or it could involve more complex procedures, such as full mouth reconstruction of damaged or mutilated dentitions. In the majority of cases, the job of the prosthodontist lies somewhere between these two clinical situations.
Prosthodontics is one of the 13 official dental specialties recognised by the General Dental Council the UK dental profession’s regulatory body. All accredited dental specialists are listed on the General Dental Council website. This list helps patients make an informed decision when they are looking for appropriately trained dentists to manage their dental care.
A Prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed an accredited specialist training programme, usually of a minimum of an additional 3 years duration, which ensures a higher level of expertise in this field.
The aim of a prosthodontist is to restore the dentition to achieve the best possible functional and aesthetic outcome. Specialist training also involves knowledge of the other dental specialties to enable a specialist to integrate a patient’s treatment plan with other specialties, to ensure the highest level of care.
A Prosthodontist is responsible for planning and completing complex restorative treatments, as well as co-ordinating treatment that may be required by other specialists. Treatments that fall under the expertise of a Prosthodonist include:
Patients may also be seen by a Prosthodontist for a second opinion, regarding proposed treatment plans.