What Exactly Is A Prosthodontist?
If you’re not entirely sure of the different dental specialities and what they mean then don’t worry because you’re certainly not alone. Many patients undertake complex dental procedures using general dentists. The issue is that although general dentists may practice such procedure, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is their field of expertise.
Here at Sheen Dental we have professional staff such as Dr Harmit Kalsi, who is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). He has a particular interest in implant surgery which means that when it comes to dental implants in Richmond, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are being treated by an experienced dentist who has a sound knowledge in the dental implant field.
So why is this important?
Dental implantation procedures aren’t always straight forward. On some occasions a patient may need a bone graft prior to implantation which is in itself a complex procedure that really needs a trained expert.
What does the training consist of?
A Prosthodontist has had to undergo a further 2 years of full time training after clinically practising dentistry. They gain advanced skills in both restorative and cosmetic procedures so they can deal with patients who need a variety of treatments such as crowns, gum surgery and implants. Once fully qualified, they take on the role of the expert, both providing the treatment and indeed co-ordinating and overseeing the overall procedure.
Here at Sheen Dental for example, Dr Kalsi will work closely with periodontists who specialise in gum health, dental technicians who make the prosthetics, and orthodontists who deal in teeth alignment to make sure that all aspects of your dental implants in Richmond come together smoothly. We believe that this collaboration or team approach is a key to achieving long term oral health for our patients.
Ask the question
If you’re thinking of undergoing treatment for a dental implant, then it really does pay to ask your dentist what qualifications they have. Most clinics offer a consultation where you can visit the clinic and meet the dental team before you make any decisions. This is a good time to ask those relevant questions and any clinic worth their salt should have no qualms in telling you.
If you want to know more about having a dental implant in Richmond, then contact us at Sheen Dental for a free consultation on 020 8876 5277, or visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk.