When it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, you may have heard the terms “cosmetic dentist” and “prosthodontist” thrown around.
Here in Canada, the Canadian Dental Association and the provincial dental regulatory bodies do not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a field of dentistry. In fact, in most provinces, it is illegal to say you are a cosmetic dentist. Nevertheless, it is definitely a term commonly used for professionals providing aesthetic procedures within the dental industry.
A “cosmetic dentist” is understood to focus on improving the appearance of a person’s smile through procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, and bonding. People that call themselves cosmetic dentists don’t receive additional training rather they have an interest in cosmetic work.
On the other hand, a prosthodontist is a true dental specialist who has completed three years of advanced training in a residency. Prosthodontists focus their practices on the restoration and replacement of missing teeth. Prosthodontists are board-certified practitioners who must undergo extra examinations verifying competency in this field of dentistry. Prosthodontists also have the training to address the functional and aesthetic aspects of a person’s bite, jaw, and facial muscles.
In short, a cosmetic dentist primarily focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s smile, while a prosthodontist specialises in restoring and replacing missing teeth, as well as improving overall oral function and appearance.
When choosing a dentist for your cosmetic needs, consider what specific issue you want to address and choose a specialist who has the training and experience to deliver the best results.
Meet Dr. Kendall James, Your Personalised Prosthodontist
Dr. Kendall James is a highly skilled and experienced prosthodontist, he is dedicated to providing personalised, comprehensive dental care to his patients.
What sets Dr. James apart is his commitment to getting to know each patient on a personal level. He takes the time to understand their unique needs, goals, and concerns and develops customised treatment plans that are tailored to their individual situation.
Whether you’re in need of full-mouth restoration, replacement of missing teeth, or simply want to enhance the appearance of your smile, Dr. James will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome. He uses the latest technology and techniques to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality of care.
At his practice, you can rest assured that you will receive personalised attention from a highly trained and experienced prosthodontist who is dedicated to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. James, contact our office today.