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Welcome to APSA

APSAWelcome to the official website of the Academy of Prosthodontics of South Africa (APSA).

APSA represents specialist prosthodontists and the speciality of prosthodontics. It is a special group of the South African Dental Association (SADA). The group operates according to its own constitution, which is approved by the SADA. Members of APSA include professionals in private practice and in academic institutions. Therefore, APSA is well positioned to keep its finger on the pulse regarding the training of new practitioners as well as regarding issues concerning the private practitioner and their patients.

We hope that you will find it easy to navigate the information and features that the site has to offer. These include information about the specialty of prosthodontics, the Academy and its members/prosthodontists. The database of the membership has been structured so that you can easily refer to it should you be trying to locate a prosthodontist.

What is Prosthodontics?

prosthodonticsProsthodontists are specialist dentists that have been trained at a South African university with an accredited postgraduate program leading to a Master’s MChD or MDent qualification. This four year full time program succeeds the five year undergraduate dentistry program.

The specialty involves the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes/prostheses. (With reference to the American Dental Association)

Treatment offered by prosthodontists include replacement of missing teeth by means of dental implants or dentures, restoration/enhancing the appearance and function of teeth by means of crowns,overlays/ inlays and veneers , root canal treatment, correction /management of occlusal/bite problems as well as jaw joint and muscle problems. Prosthodontists are also trained to treat facial and oral defects e.g. cleft palate and defects resulting from trauma or tumor resection by means of maxillofacial prostheses. Often prosthodontists serve as the ‘architect’ of a dental treatment plan, and collaborates with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health problems.

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The Academy and its Mission

  • To be active in the advancement of knowledge in the sciences and art of Prosthodontics by regional study groups, scientific discussions and congresses.
  • To consider matters of interest to the Prosthodontist as a practitioner.
  • To promote the maintenance of professional and ethical standards in the dental profession.
  • To maintain close association with other specialist groups
  • To increase public and professional awareness of the speciality of Prosthodontics
  • To make relevant inputs regarding training and registration of Specialist Prosthodontists in
    South Africa.
  • To seek international affiliation and recognition

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Community Outreach

The Academy recognises that oral health is an integral part of general health and well-being and is committed to addressing the glaring disparities in oral health in South Africa which persists and continues to grow. This silent epidemic disproportionately affects the nation’s poor, the elderly and the disabled. Read More