What is a prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists seek additional training and education beyond that of the five-year general dentist degree by completing a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry programme, which takes three years and covers all aspects of dentistry with an in-depth focus on reconstruction, tooth-replacement, full mouth cases and congenital and developmental disorders.
The scope of prosthodontic care includes:
- Fixed restorations – both tooth and implant-supported
- Dental implants
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Partial and complete dentures
- Implant dentures
- Joint and muscle disorders
- Complex occlusal (bite alignment) cases
When repairing and restoring a damaged or developmentally challenged mouth, numerous aspects of patient health must be considered.
- Occlusion and bite load
- Jaw function
- Allergies to specific dental materials
- Bone quality
In cases of routine or single dental restorations, a general dentist is typically recommended. When the entire jaw system or bite is affected by possible treatment, however, a prosthodontist may be required to ensure an ideal outcome for both aesthetics and function of the dental system.
Dr Bradley Shepherd provides this valuable service to the patients of Perth at Western Prosthodontic Centre. After an initial evaluation in our clinic, our practitioners will recommend either Dr Matthew Kinsella, our general dentist, or Dr Bradley Shepherd, our prosthodontist, as your primary dentist for your case.
If you have questions about the services we provide, we welcome you to contact us to arrange a consultation to learn more about our comprehensive approach to dentistry.