While a Prosthodontist is a dentist, not all dentists are prosthodontists. A prosthodontist specialises in the design, fabrication, and placement of restorations to repair or replace missing or damaged teeth. A dentist must complete a minimum of three additional years of advanced training after dental school to become a Prosthodontist. Training consists of thorough clinical and lecture-based preparation in a number of sciences and surgical techniques. This allows Prosthodontists to treat complex dental conditions, perform full-mouth reconstructions, correct TMJ disorders, remedy congenital disorders such as cleft palate, and provide relief from sleep apnea.
Prosthodontics is a field of dentistry that encompasses the use of removable and fixed dental prosthetics, such as dental implants, to restore dental function and appearance. A Prosthodontist has the highest possible qualification a dental professional can achieve in cosmetic dentistry. With that extra specialist training in cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation, Prosthodontists are considered an authority when it comes to dental reconstruction, including dental implant procedures. As specialists, a Prosthodontist primary role is to assist general dentists with their patients care - offering an advanced level of care in the management of complex restorative dental treatment based on comprehensive treatment planning.
Oral Implantology is the branch of dentistry dedicated to dental implants. The dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone (either the maxilla or the mandible). It often takes the form of a screw that is composed of titanium or titanium alloy. When a patient has lost one or more teeth, dental implants have multiple advantages over other treatments involving removable prostheses.
Oral implantology is a discipline filled with complexity. The field demands its practitioners to have a high level of expertise in a vast array of areas, many of which evolve at a fast rate. The oral environment is dynamic, and perfect healing conditions are not always possible. Complications will inevitably happen, but steps can be taken to prevent them. These include a thorough and comprehensive medical/dental history; radiographic survey including CBCT; a strong working knowledge of head and neck anatomy as well as surgical, prosthetic, pharmacologic, and follow-up care principles; and the ability to identify and treat a wide array of complications should they occur.
Every Prosthodontist who places or restores implants is aware of these complications and knows how to manage them. Some of the issues will require little intervention, while others may require professional levels expertise. It is the duty of the Prosthodontist to recognise all of these situations and know the proper protocols to follow to ensure that the patient's chances of success are maximised.
Oral implantology is a difficult field to master, and the consequences of failure can be catastrophic. Patients may be at risk for life-threatening complications. The stresses of surgery during anesthesia pose a life risk for some patients. The various types of neurosensory impairments that patients have suffered as a complication of implant treatment are tragic, life changing, and have proven to be costly to the implant clinician. The professional and financial ramifications of some of these complications for the dentist are staggering.
In the face of these scary realities, groups of well-trained and passionate professionals continue to provide Prosthodontic services to thousands of grateful patients every single year. Oral implantology is a life-changing discipline, not only for the patients, but for the providers with the skill, knowledge, and passion to provide the treatment with excellence.
Teeth can become damaged or fall out for a number of reasons, including disease and trauma. Ideal candidates for full mouth rehabilitation need to be in good general health but have multiple missing or badly damaged teeth. Many full mouth rehabilitation patients also require the replacement of existing dental restorations that have worn over time. Most full mouth rehabilitation plans require extensive work over multiple appointments, the result is a fully functioning mouth and excellent oral health that can last for decades.
Full mouth rehabilitation is a highly individualised treatment. The point of a full mouth reconstruction plan is to optimise the health of the entire mouth, including the teeth, the gums, and the bite. In many cases, it is necessary to replace or restore every tooth in the mouth using a combination of dental treatments. Full mouth rehabilitation gifts the patient a new set of teeth and the resulting surge in self-confidence and quality of life.
Full mouth rehabilitation may include any or a number of the following cosmetic and restorative dentistry services:
The comprehensive scope of the full mouth rehabilitation procedure requires a large amount of planning, and the dedication and the unique qualifications of a Prosthodontic team means that each stage of the treatment will be carefully planned. Sophisticated computers track jaw movement with remarkable precision, which further enables us to lay the foundation for truly customized treatment. CAD/CAM technology revolutionised the field of implant dentistry, resulting in elimination of distortion, better fit, fewer fabrication steps of frameworks. Also, CAD/CAM surgical guides greatly improved the predictability of implant surgery.
In addition to a highly educated, certified prosthodontist, a world-class dental laboratory, located on-site, helps to set our practice apart from other Perth-area practices. The result of full mouth rehabilitation is essentially a work of art, and our specialists adapt the role of talented laboratory artists work to best serve your needs. Your customised treatment plan will allow your patient to restore their health, beauty, and function to their mouth in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible.
A Prosthodontists expertise, knowledge, and comprehensive range of skills allows them to provide the highest-quality care to patients Prosthodontic Reconstruction is the area of dentistry involved with rebuilding your patients smile to the best possible aesthetics, function and health. Prosthodontic Reconstruction is customised to the needs of each patient, with the goal of providing a beautiful smile and a lifetime of optimised oral health. Patients who need to address extensive dental issues such as damage, decay, and tooth loss will often require a combination of procedures into a single treatment plan.
Prosthodontic Reconstruction is focused on aesthetic reconstructive dentistry. Working closely with the patient and their referring dentist, the Prosthodontist will offer their expertise from diagnosis and treatment planning, and the execution of the highest quality aesthetic reconstruction treatment. Access to our on-site laboratory that uses the finest materials available, offers your patients a world-class restoration with unparalleled aesthetics. Undergoing a Prosthodontic Reconstruction can not only transform their smile, but improve their health, self-confidence, and their overall quality of life.
Dental Implants are common in the reconstruction process, but for minor cosmetic imperfections veneers are used. Veneers are thin coverings that are bonded to the surface of your tooth to correct cosmetic and structural flaws. They are individually crafted from a durable and fine layer of porcelain or composite to create a strong, beautiful, natural looking smile. Veneers are a good choice if your patients teeth are permanently discoloured, resistant to whitening treatments, chipped, cracked or poorly shaped. Veneers are also able to remove gaps between teeth, correct an off-tooth position or adjust minor bite-related problems.
In some cases, bonding tooth coloured fillings for minor modifications, teeth whitening, or orthodontic treatment (Invisalign or braces) may be all that your patient needs, and the application of dental veneers would be considered over-treatment. When teeth are severely damaged or worn, other treatment options like ceramic crowns or dental bridges may be required.
A tooth compromised by trauma or decay can cause pain and make chewing and speaking difficult. A crown can repair and protect an affected tooth, providing protection from further damage. Many times, it can prevent the need for extraction. Crafted in our state-of-the-art, on-site laboratory of the highest-quality materials, a crown placed by a talented dentist will blend seamlessly with your patients surrounding teeth. Because these restorations are developed to mimic the light-reflecting properties of dental enamel, an incredibly natural-looking result will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your patients smile and will provide them with years of comfort and protection.
Implant dentistry provides a myriad of dental health benefits to a wide range of patients. Those who have lost most of their teeth, and require a full or partial denture, can take advantage of the stability offered by implant-supported dentures. Implants provide an incredibly secure platform for dental restorations and can provide life-changing results for patients with large gaps in their smile. Restoring lost teeth with a partial or full implant supported overdenture is an effective way to fill gaps in your smile. The security and dental health benefits of implant-supported dentures simply cannot be matched by traditional denture options. With a restoration securely attached to strategically placed implants, you can not only speak, eat, and smile with confidence, but the implant itself can put a stop to further jawbone atrophy.