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The Difference Between a Prosthodontist and a General Dentist


Posted on 10/24/2022 by Front Desk
The Difference Between a Prosthodontist and a General DentistProsthodontists are dental experts who specialize in replacing teeth and reinstating your oral health and the functions of your complete mouth. Prosthodontists undergo an extensive laborious program that makes them experts in their field of work which focuses on tooth restoration and replacement.

A general dentist is trained to deal with almost all routine dental care and other trivial dental procedures like the fillings. Several general dentists go through supplementary training in some specific procedures.

What Makes Prosthodontists Stand Out from General Dentists?


General Dentists and Prosthodontists are different in many ways. The following are some of the reasons that make a prosthodontist stand out from a general dentist.

Level of education and training

A prosthodontist and a general dentist's journey begin at the same place but their destinations are so diverse. All prosthodontics begin as general dentists.

The journey begins with a degree program from a dental academy. A general dentist may end their education after acquiring a degree. A Prosthodontist takes an extra three years of study and training.

The Scope of Their work

If you need routine teeth cleaning, you should visit a general dentist. However, if you lose a tooth as a result of an injury or tooth decay, you should pay a visit to a prosthodontist.

General dentists have sufficient knowledge of standard teeth extraction methods. However, if a case becomes complicated and requires surgery, the patient might be referred to a prosthodontist.

Unlike general dentists, prosthodontists also undergo extensive training in cosmetic dentistry. They fix dentures, bridges, and crowns and can help you bring back that beautiful smile on your face.

Is it Important to Seek a Prosthodontist's Services?


General dentists can provide you with the right treatment, however, if the situation calls for specialized prosthodontics' care the general dentist will always refer you to a prosthodontist.



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