Many people are confused when it comes to which specialist they need to see about their dental needs. However, it is a simple decision depending on what your individual needs are. For example, a dentist performs routine cleanings and addresses all issues with filling cavities etc. Some of general dentists can also perform other procedures such as bridges and crowns, and some even refer to themselves as a cosmetic dentist.
Typically any dentist can refer to themselves as a “cosmetic dentist” however, a prosthodontist, like the doctor, is actually educated for an additional three years to know how to correctly perform cosmetic dentistry, bridges, dentures, crowns, and implants.
After successfully completing a four-year dental degree, those who choose to become a prosthodontist will have to attend an additional three years. During these three years they are educated extensively on everything that has to do with prosthetics involving the mouth. They will be able to perform all bridge work, crowns, implants, and dentures. They also will be able to successfully lead any other team of dentists you may be seeing to get you the best possible treatment.
A general dentist chooses not to specialize in any particular area. While they may be proficient at many dental procedures, they may still refer patients to our Katonah, New York office for more complicated procedures, including:
- Treatment due to injuries
- Snoring disorders
- Cleft palate or related issues
- Joint problems such as TMJ
- Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures
- Full mouth reconstruction
- Cosmetic issues
If you have an issue that you are not sure who is best to treat, keep in mind that, although both are able to treat a multitude of issues, only prosthodontists receive the education and training to specialize in more serious issues.