After acquainting himself with the unique architecture of your mouth, your prosthodontist will recommend a course of action that includes the restoration of damaged teeth and where appropriate, the replacement of missing ones.
While ‘looks’ are vitally important, your specialist is also interested in your overall oral health and wellbeing.
Your prosthodontist can offer a broad range of specialist restorative services including restoration of broken teeth with crowns, veneers, and onlays, fixed and removable tooth replacement, such as bridges, dental implants and dentures.
Prosthodontics is an art as well as a science.
Prosthodontic Associates offers you an individual treatment plan that uses skills and empathies that reach far beyond the rational practicalities of the technology we employ in the mere mechanics of our work.
Of course, we can call on all recognised techniques – but we see it as our job and our duty to consider all relevant treatment solutions before we recommend the most appropriate option.
As professional healthcare providers, we are not in the promotional business or the glamour business. We are simply – professionally – concerned with and committed to your dental health.
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Is your ‘specialist’ a prosthodontist?
It’s easy to be confused about who’s who in the professional world these days. For instance, now that the advertising laws have loosened, some general dentists are unfortunately promoting themselves as specialists.
For your own peace of mind, you should be fully aware of your practitioner’s credentials before you embark on any specialist treatment plan. Simply go to the Government agency website www.ahpra.gov.au and click through to the Registrations Page.
As professional healthcare providers, we are not in the promotional business or the glamour business. We are purely, simply – professionally – concerned with and committed to your dental health.
Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged teeth. They utilize prosthetic solutions including dental implants, dentures, and veneers to help patients improve their oral health and quality of life.
If you had a heart problem, you would go to a cardiologist. The same is true for missing or damaged teeth.
With at least three years of additional training beyond dental school, prosthodontists are prepared for the most complex oral health issues. Whether you need to replace one tooth, or many, a prosthodontist works with you every step of the way, from consultation to follow-up care, to restore smiles and confidence.
Like all healthcare professions, technology has move thing along. The use of digital scanners means dental impressions are a thing of the past. Using digital technology, we can explain issues more easily and plan more efficiently. Monitoring changes in your teeth over time is also now easily done. If you are one of many who hate dental impressions, times have changed.
How do I know whether dental implants are the right choice to me?
Dental implants are and excellent option to help replace missing teeth, but dental implants are not for everyone. They require adequate bone to anchor them and to support the artificial teeth. Implants can be expensive, require a surgical procedure to place them and may take months to heal after surgery.
A denture or temporary crown may need to be fabricated in preparation for implants. Many patients are comfortable with a denture and may elect not proceed to implants. The final decision whether implants are right for you or not should be made by you and your prosthodontist.
No, dental implants are fixed solidly in the bone. The ‘teeth’ on top of them can be removable for maintenance and sometimes, cleaning. If you wear dentures, dental implants are an effective way to secure them, so they don’t move when you use them.
In some cases patients can have dental implants placed the same day the teeth are extracted, but it is determined by many different factors related to the individual patient. These may include the condition of the teeth (especially if they are infected), the number of implants being placed and the type of restoration planned to replace the teeth.
It varies from individual to individual and with health and habits. For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene and good health, dental implants are predictably successful and survival rates above 90 – 95% are reported. You may consider seeking the care of a prosthodontist, who is a dental specialist with three years additional education after dental school and who is trained to serve patients with a combination of needs, including dental implants.
Your son may not be old enough for implants, particularly in the upper jaw. We advise individuals to complete growth before implants are placed. For boys this may be after the age of 21. You may consider seeking care of a prosthodontist, who is a dental specialist with three years additional education after dental school and who is trained to serve patients with a combination of needs during the years before he is old enough for implants.
Our practice is located on the southern side, between Spring and Exhibition Streets. Trams 48, 109 and 112 stop directly in front of our building. Parliament train station is 200m away and Flinders Street Station is an easy walk for most.
There are parking stations in Flinders Lane and Lt Collins Street between Spring and Exhibition. Plus two and four hour meter parking are available around Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens.