A: If you ask ten people in a room: “What does a prosthodontist do for a living?” nine out of ten will say: “Remove hemorrhoids?” Sorry, wrong end of the body. A prosthodontist does an extra 24 months of training after dental school, in crown and bridgework placed over natural teeth or on top of implants, as well as porcelain veneers. This allows them to classify themselves as “specialists” and limits the scope of their practice. Their fees tend to be higher on average compared to highly qualified general dentists.
It is not mandatory to be treated by a prosthodontist. There are tens of thousand of general dentists in the USA who have done more of the above procedures than many prosthodontists. A general dentist who practices in an affluent area is likely to have performed more veneer and implant cases than a prosthodontics in a rural or lower socioeconomic area. Either type of dentist can do the job.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving a FREE LECTURE on Incision-Free Dental Implant Surgery, Digital Crowns & Veneers and How to Choose a Hi Tech Dental Office at the Double Tree Hotel, PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens on Thursday December 1stat 4:00 pm. Attendees will receive a FREE copy of his book: “Tooth Talk”. There are only 13 seats left. Call today to register at 561-832-2917
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and hosts the “Tooth Talk” radio show on Fridays at 11am and Tuesdays at 8:30am on WBZT AM1230. (www.radiotoothtalk.com) On staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Mitchell Josephs is on the Faculty Advisory Board at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-DRTOOTH (888-378-6684) or visit www.palmbeachdentist.com