Dr. Steier has specialized training in what is known as “prosthodontics.” This is a specialized field of dentistry concerned with diagnosing, planning, and executing restorative and cosmetic treatments. Dentists who seek to specialize in prosthodontics must complete three or four extra years of dedicated training following general dental school.
What is a prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist develops a comprehensive treatment plan, working with the patient to detail just what is possible to achieve. The goal is to replace missing or badly damaged teeth with functional, natural-looking artificial teeth. These are mainly dental implants, but may also be full or partial dentures.
What is general dentistry?
A general dentist is your primary care doctor, but for your dental health rather than physical health. General dentists diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral health needs. This includes gum care, root canals, decay and fillings, veneers, bridges, and preventative dentistry. To become a general dentist, a person completes an undergraduate degree plus four years of dental school.
What are the main differences between the two?
A general dentist receives his or her dental degree from an accredited institution and then can begin accepting patients for a practice. Prosthodontists are specialists recognized by the American Dental Association, who have at least 2-4 additional years of specific training beyond dental school in dental reconstruction and restoration treatments.
While general dentists and prosthodontists can both place implants, crowns, porcelain veneers, and dentures, the difference is training. Most dental school requirements focus on general dentistry, without focusing on prosthetics. Dental implant procedures get even less attention. Prosthodontists, on the other hand, have extensive training in placement of implants, crowns, veneers, and dentures. This is the specific focus of the additional 2-4 years of training.
What are the benefits of Dr. Steier also being a prosthodontist?
Beyond her general dentistry skills and treatments, her training as a prosthodontist ensures her patients will receive only the finest restorations, both functionally and esthetically. She has extensive experience with the various procedures such as placing dental implants, and the available materials and options involved.
Put Dr. Steier’s extensive experience and training to work for your oral health. Call us at 561-395-3190 to make an appointment.