Why a Prosthodontist?
The advantage to seeing a prosthodontist lies in the manner in which they are trained. While a general dentist has a basic level of training in all aspects of dentistry, a prosthdontist’s advanced training after dental school focuses on how to comprehensively diagnosis oral health problems and create treatment plans that repair or replace missing teeth to their aesthetic and functional ideal. Prosthodontist’s use their training in dental implant surgical placement, implant prosthetics, dentures, and implant crowns to execute these treatment plans. A prosthodontist is often thought of as the “quarterback” of the treatment plan, working collaboratively with general dentists and other specialists to provide patient-specific solutions to dental and oral health problems.
Finally, prosthodontists are uniquely qualified to control all phases of dental implant therapy, working with patients from the initial planning, through surgical placement, and finally to fabricating long lasting, natural looking tooth replacements. Drs. Mangini and Mangini will be working with you through every step of your treatment to ensure a successful result.
Are all “cosmetic” dentists prosthodontists?
No. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. Only prosthodontists have advanced training in aesthetics, dental ceramics and porcelains, and smile design. Prosthodontists receive thousands of hours in literature review, clinical training, and supervised patient care in a three-year residency after receiving their DMD or DDS in dental school. Conversely, any dentist can advertise themselves as a “cosmetic dentist” with little to no training beyond that which they acquired in dental school. There are a variety of continuing education courses and programs, often only 1 day or a weekend in length, that provide dentists with some basic knowledge in cosmetics. Fellowships and memberships in many cosmetic dentistry groups often only require the payment of annual fees and no further commitment to continuing education. If you are in need of cosmetic, reconstructive, or dental implant treatments, a prosthodontist can provide you with the highest level of care.