Prosthodontists are certified specialists in tooth restoration such as implants, bridges, crowns, dentures and veneers to give you the best smile possible, more important they provide the right smile. They are specialists in esthetic and cosmetic dentistry. After graduating from dental school with a D.D.S. or equivalent degree, prosthodontists receive three additional years of rigorous specialty training in a university or hospital ADA accredited graduate education program.
If you are seeking cosmetic, implant or reconstructive dental work, you should see a prosthodontist, because prosthodontics is the only specialty recognized by the ADA that is involved with esthetic and cosmetic dental restorations and implant restorations. None of the other specialties are taught both the form and the function of restorative dentistry. Patients should understand that terms like ‘Cosmetic Dentist’, ‘Implantologist’ or ‘Implant Specialist’, are not designated specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. While these terms may be very descriptive, they are also terms that attempt to get around ADA designated specialties.
Prosthodontists are experts in the dynamics and esthetics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the science of tooth replacement. With the passage of time prosthodontic dentists are gaining popular recognition with respect to their qualifications to offer state-of-the-art procedures and techniques as patients become more familiar with the advances in modern dentistry. Of the 170 thousand dentists in the country only about two (2%) percent are trained prosthodontists. So, when your dentist refers you to a prosthodontist you should know you are in well trained hands.
Many of those referring specialists think of the prosthodontist as the “conductor” of a dental treatment plan, the professional in the process with the big picture in mind. They usually lead a team of specialists to develop ideal solutions to your dental needs because they are responsible for the final restoration. They provide the highest level of dental care being expertly trained in many different clinical disciplines with the anticipation that a working knowledge of various disciplines is necessary to produce optimal results for the patient.
The combination of all these various disciplines rest comfortably within the purview of a prosthodontist’s training and expertise. A comprehensive approach by a prosthodontist as the conductor is the best way to get your inner confidence boosted, your personality improved and the right smile. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
Dr. Scheinfeld received her prosthodontics degree from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1988.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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