What is a Dental Prosthetist?

Dental Prosthetists are denture experts and mouthguard specialists. They work both in the clinic and in the lab.

Dental technicians on the other hand can only work in the lab and are not allowed direct contact with patients such as impression taking as they were not trained to do that. In order to be able to work in the clinic dental technicians must undergo a further education in prosthetics that qualifies them to provide more specialised services for removable oral appliances and also to allow them direct contact with dental patients.

Some of Dental Prosthetist's tasks include:

  • Performing oral checks up including: oral cancer screenings, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders , saliva testing 

  • Taking impressions for dentures and mouthguards

  • Developing appropriate treatment, selecting appropriate materials and techniques depending on the specific patient

  • Performing repair, reline and maintenance services on removable dental prosthesis as required by the patient 

  • Advising their patients on dental hygiene, nutrition and systemic health as a part of comprehensive dental care

  • Referring patients to appropriate specialists