Prosthodontics as a specialty

Prosthodontics is one of five recognized SA dental specialities pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditionals associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.* (Adopted from the American Dental Association). The speciality is approved by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and all practising specialists need to be registered with the HPCSA. Specialists need to be trained in a South African university with an accredited postgraduate programme leading to a MChD qualification. This 4-year fulltime programme succeeds the 5-year undergraduate dentistry programme. In South Africa the following four institutions offer an accredited programme in Prosthodoctics: University of Witwatersrand, University of the Western Cape, University of Pretoria, University of Limpopo.

Prosthodontists are able to offer their patients a wide variety of professional services. Serving as the ‘architect’ of a dental treatment plan, prosthodontists collaborates with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to our dental and oral health concerns.

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