Visit an ADA approved Prosthodontist.
If you are in need of tooth restoration, or if you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, your first inclination may be to head to a cosmetic dentist. Technically, there is no such thing. Instead, it may be wiser to head to a prosthodontic dentist.
Most patients, in fact, almost all patients have never heard of a prosthodontic dentist. However, these dentists are highly regarded and certified by the American Dental Association (ADA) as what you might term “a cosmetic dentist”.
Cosmetic dentistry is NOT a recognized ADA specialty.
This means that dental schools instruct dentists in techniques, methods, and specialized training in prosthodontics—not in cosmetic dentistry.
Prosthodontic dentists are post-graduate, university trained in certain types of procedures that are used in cosmetic dentistry.
What’s more, prosthodontic dentists receive an additional three years of post-dental school training. Of the 200,000 dentists in the United States, less than 2% are trained prosthodontists. According to Forbes Magazine, prosthodontics is the rarest dental specialty in the country. There are only 560 of these dental specialists who are devoted to restoring and replacing teeth.
During their extra three years of training, prosthodontic dentists study anatomy of the head, neck, and mouth as well as esthetics (the cosmetic part of performing procedures). These dentists are trained to be experts in the field of aesthetic dentistry. They are commonly considered the quarterbacks of implant dentistry.
Many prosthodontic dentists also help patients with maxillofacial procedures. Maxillofacial procedures are ones in which acquired and congenital defects are treated. These can be any defects of the head and neck due to trauma or injury, or they could be defects that were present at birth. However, in order to be licensed to practice maxillofacial procedures, a dentist must complete an additional year of training. This is an extra year after the three extra years required for becoming a prosthodontic dentist.
If you’re in need of cosmetic dentistry, go with a pro, a prosthodontic dentist.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC,
Emory University trained Prosthodontist.
The Right Smile Center
ZoAnna Scheinfeld Bock, MS, DMD
Hanna Scheinfeld Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
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