Would You Rather: The Difference Between a Prosthodontist and a Dentist


Let’s play a little game of “Would You Rather”. You have likely played this before, perhaps with friends at college or at your last family party. It goes a little something like this…

Would you rather wear shoes that are two sizes too big or two sizes too small?

Would you rather live in the desert with no air conditioning or in the arctic with no heater?

You get the idea.

Now think about these questions…

Would you rather get a dental implant from a general dentist or someone with three additional years of advanced implant training?

Would you rather get a crown from a general dentist or an expert with a master’s degree in an advanced ADA-accredited graduate program?

When it comes to the restoration of your teeth, gums and mouth, it should be a no-brainer when it comes to choosing a prosthodontist over a general dentist. Here’s why:

  • Prosthodontists specialize in complex dental cases. A general dentist is a great choice when it comes to cleanings and exams, but what happens when more advanced treatment is needed later down the line? If you start seeing a prosthodontist from the start, even for cleanings and exams, you’ll be set up for success later in life when your oral healthcare needs may be greater.
  • In addition to completing dental school, prosthodontists complete additional years of advanced training. Dental implants are one of the most complex and expensive dental treatments. That said, you want to be sure that an expert is doing the work so everything is done right, the first time – ideally, the only time! Redoing costly cosmetic or restorative work can cost more than money (time off work, comfort, etc.). Be sure that you are receiving any type of advanced care from an expert in that field.
  • Prosthodontists are the recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth. Whether you have suffered a traumatic accident, a sports injury or have advanced decay, the need for a dental restoration can pose a serious challenge, and while general dentists can help in some of these scenarios, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care.

If you have questions about how prosthodontists differ from general dentists and how seeing a prosthodontist can make a profound impact in your level of care, contact Forma today. Dr. Alves is a prosthodontist herself and is highly trained in restorative and cosmetics cases. She and her team can provide whitening treatment, dental veneers, fillings, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, treatment for TMJ/TMD disorders and so much more.