More and more dentists are calling themselves ‘cosmetic dentists’ when there is no cosmetic specialty in dentistry. Regardless of this claim, the fact remains that the majority of dentists are general dentists who press the envelope of ethics by calling themselves ‘cosmetic dentists’. Not one of them has an American Dental Association sanctioned ‘cosmetic specialty’ in dentistry.
Those dentists who make the claim do so by self-proclamation. The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes nine (9) post dental degree specialties and cosmetic dentistry IS NOT one of them.
These ADA specialties are:
Dental Public Heath, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Surgery, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and the least known, the PROSTHODONTIST.
Prosthodontics: (crown, bridge, and implants) According to Forbes Magazine, a prosthodontist is the rarest dental specialty in the country. The rigorous program creates a dental specialty license pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. That’s a mouth full, pun intended. The prosthodontist is trained at an ADA approved university to create the smile that implements the use of veneers, crowns, bridges and the new standard of care, dental implants, to ensure that the right smile is achieved, both functionally and aesthetically.
If anyone has a specialty in cosmetic dentistry or has the right to call themselves a ‘cosmetic dentist’, it would be the ADA recognized prosthodontist. And of the 170 thousand dentists in the U.S., less than two (2%) percent are trained prosthodontists. So when you are seriously looking for a cosmetic dentist, look for a prosthodontist.
Dr. Scheinfeld received her prosthodontics degree from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1988. Her prosthodontics’ instructor, Dr. E. Neal Kopp practiced with her for 14 years until his passing in 2008.
In addition to prosthodontics, our practice provides in-house endodontics, general dentistry and implants. If we can be of service contact us for your complimentary consult.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
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