Now that every dental practitioner from the dentist to the prosthodontist is free to advertise, many of our patients report that they’re more confused than ever. So, let’s clear it all up, once and for all. Here we set out to answer the questions we’re most frequently asked about what we do and what we can do for you...

  • Q

    Is your dentist qualified to do specialist work?

  • 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 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.

    It’s what we do. It’s what we do well.

  • Q

    What is Prosthodontics?

  • Firstly, it’s a truly specialised field.

    Prosthodontics is an art, as well as a science. Computers and robot technology cannot adequately reproduce the subtleties of a natural dentition.

    At Prosthodontic Associates, all recognised techniques are available to you, but it is our job to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan. We consider various treatment solutions and, in most cases, present options that address your needs and expectations.

    Our practice is built solidly on evidence and clinical experience. Current treatment options are carefully balanced against the cumulative experience of more than 100 years of dental practice. We are not influenced by fad or fashion. Until techniques have been proven to be of real benefit to you, we do not use them.

    As our patient, you are our most important consideration. We coordinate every step of your treatment regime personally, rather than hand over to practice facilitators or managers.  Trusted local dental technicians and ceramicists hand-tailor your restorations to your exact specifications. No two are the same. State of the art computer aided design and manufacture (CAD-CAM) is also used when appropriate. All our technical work is of the highest standard.

  • Q

    What are Dental implants?

  • 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. Dental implants require adequate bone to anchor them and to support the artificial teeth. Implants are somewhat expensive, require a surgical procedure to place them and may take months to heal after surgery.

    The patient may also need a denture or temporary crown fabricated in preparation for implants. Many patients are comfortable with this 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.

  • Q

    Are dental implants removable like regular dentures?

  • No, dental implants are fixed solidly in the bone and allow teeth to be replaced in a manner that is closest to natural teeth. If you wear dentures, dental implants are an effective way to secure them, so the dentures don’t move when you use them.

  • Q

    Can I get dental implants the same day when I have all the teeth removed, or is there a waiting period?

  • In many 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 factors 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.

  • Q

    What is the success rate of dental implants?

  • 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.

  • Q

    My 11 year old son does not have any adult teeth buds in the front portion of his mouth. Is he a candidate at this age for 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.