About Specialist Prosthodontists
A Specialist Prosthodontist is a Commonwealth Government accredited dental specialist, trained and qualified to perform reconstructive, aesthetic and implant dentistry. Many like to think of Prosthodontists as the "architect" of a dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs.
Prosthodontists are trained to manage the most complex of dental restorative cases. From patients requiring rehabilitation after a traumatic injury to creating new smiles for those born with genetic facial deficits, prosthodontists have the special skills needed to restore smiles to the best they can be.
In Australia, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) states that the "Specialist Prosthodontist" title can only be used by those accredited to practice in the recognised Speciality of Prosthodontics.
To find out if your dental practitioner is a registered specialist by visiting the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
General dentists can provide many dental procedures for their patients. Some may have participated in continuing professional development courses and graduate graduate certificate or diploma courses run by various companies, dental institutions and universities. However, the level of complexity in many clinical conditions will require management by a dental specialist.
While there are many labels such as "specialising in cosmetic and implant procedures, "cosmetic dentists", "implant specialists", "implantologists" and "implant institutes" in marketing and advertising materials, these dentists, are not recognised or registered as "dental specialists" by the authorities mentioned above.
All dental procedures carry risk, but you can reduce the chance of risk and complication by consulting a Specialist Prosthodontist who is trained, qualified and accredited to perform reconstructive, aesthetic and implant dentistry.
Specialist Prosthodontists receive their training in recognised, university based degree programmes and are then accredited through statutory government authorities being the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and New Zealand Dental Council (NZDC) respectively.
Currently, the specialist prosthodontic training pathway includes a minimum of 8 years dental and prosthodontic training. Most new dentists complete an initial two year undergraduate degree before applying to undertake dental training. After completing four years of dental school, Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialised training in an accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the thirteen recognised dental specialties.
You should consult a prosthodontist if:
- you are missing one or more teeth.
- you are interested in dental implant solutions.
- you wear dentures or removable partial dentures.
- you want to improve the appearance of your smile.
- you want the best advice regarding your dental options
- you are considering complex and expensive dental treatment
- you need a second opinion about your dental problem
Most prosthodontists in Australia will see you without a referral. Unlike medical specialists, dental specialists do not attract a Medicare rebate, hence there is no need for referral from a general dentist or other health practitioner.