Dental Prosthetists, who are they?
What does it take to be a dental prosthetist?
Dental Prosthetists train as dental technicians and are allowed to work independently or in public clinics. They provide complete and partial dentures to patients and can consult directly with clients regarding their dental prosthetic needs. If you need a mouth guard dental prosthetist also assist you in making sure you have a device that fits and works well for you. So, what are the main functions of your dental prosthetist?
- They can refer you to a dentist or specialist if your dental issues are more complex
- They create impressions of your teeth to make customised dentures and mouthguards
- Through their skills and precise prosthetic work, they ensure that the finished denture and mouthguards fit appropriately
- They maintain and repair all dental prostheses
- As they are quite knowledgeable on real teeth and dentures, the prosthetists are qualified in educating patients on their oral health and routines
The latest technologies have also made it easier for dental prosthetists to make the best dentures for their patients. At Distinctive Dental Care, we have a few machines which ensure that we give our prosthetists the most accurate information about your teeth. We use digital x-rays which make information available immediately. We also use an OPG x-ray machine which offers you the full mouth diagnostic x-rays in a single image. These machines assist the prosthetist to receive accurate knowledge swiftly and efficiently.
Dealing with someone’s smile is a heavy weight to carry because it plays a huge role in one’s self-esteem and how others see them. Dental prosthetists can be seen as the professionals who engineer a smile and help you maintain the happiness you feel when you have a good one.
How do you qualify to become a dental prosthetist?
After completing a qualification to become a dental technician, you need to complete a further two years as a part-time trainee where you will be based in a clinical setting gaining practical experience. You will also complete a theoretical training component through a registered training organisation.
Do you have the heart?
Having direct contact with patients in the dental field means you have to be a person who can balance having good people skills and being technical. Dental prosthetists work with tools and equipment, the level of their work has to be of high quality as they are responsible for devices that people use every single day. There is a level of precision that is expected from these professionals because the slightest miscalculation could result in a patient not getting the right device for their daily usage. Skills like good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity and good time management are the type of skills to perfect when going into this profession.
On the other hand, a bit of creativity is also required because this job includes design and artistic construction. Understanding that you are constructing and helping a patient get their best smile back is a feeling that gives off personal fulfilment and so a dental prosthetist does their job with the utmost passion and zeal.