What is a Prosthodontist?

by Dr. Christiana Onisiforou – Prosthodontist
Dr. Christiana Onisiforou is a Specialist in Prosthodontics, earning her master’s degree (MS) from the world-renowned University of Michigan, USA, where she gained three years of extended training in several areas of restorative dentistry, including dental implants, crowns, bridges, complete dentures, partial dentures, esthetics, and occlusion. She was awarded the 2021-22 Edward J. Billy Graduate Scholarship Award for excellence in Prosthodontics. She participated and presented at several international scientific meetings of prestigious associations such as the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP). She is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), European Prosthodontic Association (EPA) and Cyprus Dental Association. Dr. Christiana Onisiforou is now a proud member of the team at the well-established “Art of Advanced Dentistry” clinic in Limassol, Cyprus. Her advanced training and commitment ensure that her patients receive the highest quality of dental care.

What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a recognized dental specialty, defined by the American Dental Association as “the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral maxillofacial tissues”.

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed dental school plus at least three additional years of advanced training and education in a CODA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. They specialize in diagnosis and treatment planning of patients who have complex dental needs that involve repair or replacement of natural teeth with a variety of fixed or removable prosthetic options.

What is the difference between a dentist and a prosthodontist?

A general dentist is a primary dental care provider. They offer routine dental check-ups and cleanings, in addition to basic restorative treatments, including fillings, crowns and bridges. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist. They are highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. Prosthodontists are THE recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth and are considered the leaders of the dental treatment plan. General dentists often refer to prosthodontists when dealing with complex cases or cases that are outside their scope of practice.

Why choose a prosthodontist?

Choose a prosthodontist because of their advanced education and training, efficiency, and expertise with advanced technology. Prosthodontists are extensively trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. Rigorous training and experience give prosthodontists a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.

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