I have been qualified as a general dentist since 1995. After realising my passion in prosthodontics, I decided to study further and thereafter obtained my Masters degree in Prosthodontics at the University of Witwatersrand in 2006. Since then, I have been practicing as a Prosthodontist in private practise, as well as teaching at the universities. I have been actively involved in training and teaching students at the dental Universities.

I have taught and trained both undergraduate (dentist), as well as postgraduate (prosthodontists) students at all three of Gauteng’s Dental Universities. That is the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo at the Medunsa Campus.

My prosthodontics practise is situated in Bedfordview, at the Bedfordview Shopping Centre. The practice is an associate practice with a general dental practitioner. The practice is well positioned to offer you a comprehensive dental treatment.

My passion lies in the treatment of patients for fixed Prosthodontics, Implants, and Aesthetic Dentistry.

What is a Prosthodontist?

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry at the University of Witwatersrand as a prosthodontist I studied a further to achieve my Masters in Prosthodontics. This means that a person who has trained an extra number of years can obtain a Masters degree in Dentistry, specifically, a Master’s Degree in Prosthodontics. There are currently five specialities offered by the HPCSA, and prosthodontics is one of the specialities offered by a university as a Masters degree.

A person qualified as a Prosthodontist would be well trained to treat all problems related to the mouth, especially for oral rehabilitation. The word ‘prostho’ means to replace with an artificial appliance, the word ‘dontic’ simply means of the teeth, and a ‘prosthodontist’ is a person that is knowledgeable with the replacing of a missing tooth or teeth structures. A prosthodontist is also skilled in the replacement sometimes of other oral structures or parts of the face.

What does a Prosthodontists do?

A prosthodontist would firstly study your mouth, especially study the dynamics of your bite, or occlusion, and formulate treatment plan options in order to completely rehabilitate your mouth to a functional state of form and aesthetics. This also includes the continued maintenance of your mouth for oral function.

A prosthodontist would therefore be well trained to provide treatment with regards to Cosmetic Dentistry, Aesthetic Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, or Restorative Dentistry.

In order to completely treat you with a fully functional stomatognathic system, a prosthodontist works very closely with other dental specialist, namely a Periodontist, Orthodontist, and a maxillofacial surgeon.

When are you most likely to see a Prosthodontist?

You are most likely to see a prosthodontist after you have been to your General Dental practitioner. The General dental practitioner or dentists would most likely recommend you to come see a prosthodontist after diagnosing certain aspects of your mouth that may be too difficult for the dentist to treat.

If the dentist finds that your oral condition requires a complete rehabilitation with regards to proper function again, you are more likely to come see a prosthodontist. So, if you have lost the ability to function with regards to masticating or eating properly, speaking properly, or you are not happy with the way your teeth looks, a complete rehab of your mouth would be advisable. This complete rehabilitation would fall under the leadership of a prosthodontist.

A term most commonly used is A Complete Makeover. If you think that you need a complete makeover for your mouth, it would be advisable to come and see a prosthodontist first.

One need not only see a prosthodontist without a referral letter from your local dentist. If you are unhappy with your teeth in general, it is possible to make an appointment with me even if you have no referral letter.