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What is a prosthodontist?

"A prosthowhat????"

Story of my life. Very few people know what a prosthodontist is, but most people will have a dental problem that could warrant a visit to one at some point in their lives. 

Prosthodontists are dental specialists who focus on the repair and replacement of damaged teeth and oral structures.

After the completion of dental school, Prosthodontists spend another 3 entire years in a university or hospital setting, learning the history and evidence behind complex dentistry, performing research, and taking care of patients that need very challenging dental care. This is thousands of hours of very structured continuing education; it would take over a decade to obtain this amount of training via courses and lectures as a general dentist. Then there is a very challenging licensing exam at the end of it.

It is a lot of work to earn the title of "Certified Specialist" in BC....and that is why there are so few of us!

Prosthodontists treat patients that need anything from simple fillings and cleanings, all the way to full mouth reconstructions, cosmetic dentistry, and implant dentistry, and have focused their educations and built their practices to offer these kind of treatments. Why wouldn't you see a prosthodontist if you had a dental problem?

This kind of care requires time and attention, so at my office, I see patients one at a time, including those who need more basic treatments such as crowns or fillings. 

Doesn't your smile, and more importantly, your oral health, deserve that attention? I think so!!!!

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Thanks for reading!

Dr. Dave

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