Why see a specialist? First of all, what is a specialist?

A specialist is a person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity, a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field. If you have a heart condition, you would immediately see a cardiologist, who is a specialist of the heart, rather than your general doctor.

Why see a specialist in prosthodontics Florida?

A prosthodontist is a general dentist with advanced education in prosthodontics. They are specialized in the replacement of teeth, the restoration of teeth, full-mouth rehabilitation and reconstruction, cosmetic crowns and bridges, and dentures.

Some dental implant specialist places dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dr. Eli Friedman is a renowned prosthodontist and member of the American Dental Association, along with the Academy of Osseointegration. To be a prosthodontist, being a dentist is required, after graduation from dental school, to have at least three years of post-doctoral, advanced specialty training in prosthodontics and implantology from an accredited program.

A general dentist can practice prosthodontics or place implants, but cannot claim to be a specialist in the field. Nor do they have the additional training or expertise to perform more complicated procedures. Typically, a general dentist’s training consists only of short courses in diagnosis and treatment with minimal hands-on experience.

Furthermore, most prosthodontists undergo hundreds of hours in crown and bridge and implant-related continuing education every year and are well versed in the latest science and literature in their field. Their constant exposure to the most challenging of cases allows them to remain experts in the latest techniques and materials.

Some prosthodontists choose to place dental implants, which requires even more rigorous written and oral examinations. The intention of being able to both place implants and restore them is to have a better perspective of the entire treatment and for the patient to have the same dentist from the beginning to the end of the treatment. This is why it’s ideal to have a specialist who understands your dental needs and can provide you with the best results.