A prosthodontist is another specialty in the field of dentistry that specializes in mouth and jaw problems and in the restoration of the teeth. These professionals handle a wide array of dental procedures either to fix or repair teeth. Prosthodontists focus more on the appearance of the teeth, the oral function of the teeth, and the comfort that a dental treatment can give to the patient. Aside from handling dental crowns, dental bonding, dental implants, and dentures; they also handle specific problems concerning the mouth and jaw. Such problems are temporomandibular joint problems, deformities, injuries caused by trauma, teeth grinding, and oral cancer.
They evaluate patients’ problems and let them undergo a series of examination to come up with a definite diagnosis. They make a treatment plans to all conditions they handle and show their patients a simulation of the expected results. Sometimes they communicate with other healthcare professionals to come up with a better treatment plan for the patient. To become a prosthodontist one should complete a degree in dentistry from an accredited university or college. They will need to take an exam to be admitted to the school.
After completing the degree in dentistry, he should complete another three years of training as a prosthodontist. After three years, they need to be a certified prosthodontist by taking a licensure examination. But even with their license, they need to have continuing education for them to be up to date. The profession is becoming increasingly in demand as more people are now aware of the value of having good oral health. Prosthodontists who has one to four years of experience normally earns an average amount of $90,000 and $197,739 every year. For a prosthodontist with five to nine years of experience, he may earn around $93,459 and $143,223 yearly.
A prosthodontist should have a good understanding about oral conditions and should know how make a treatment plan. They should have a lot of patience and should be skilled with good eye-and-hand coordination. They should be friendly, and able to communicate well to their patients to avoid miscommunication or misunderstanding. Prosthodontists should know how to make their patients at ease and anxious-free.
There are patients who are anxious about dental procedures, so as a prosthodontist, it is your responsibility to make them feel safe and comfortable because this will make your job a lot easier. Interruptions will be hindered when the patient is relaxed and at ease with the procedure. That is why it is best explain to the patients what goes on in the dental procedure for in order to avoid disruptions and errors.
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