What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontist. Pron: [pros-thuh-don-tist]

“…prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth…”

The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, this means that prosthodontists are the recognised experts when anything needs replacing in your mouth. ‘Replacement’ could be single or multiple teeth, all teeth or gums in the mouth. A Prosthodontist may also treat any of the following:


Prosthodontics is a field of dentistry that encompasses the use of removable and fixed dental prosthetics, such as dental implants, to restore dental function and appearance. Having the highest possible qualification a professional can achieve in cosmetic dentistry, with an extra three years of specialist training in cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation, Prosthodontists are considered an authority when it comes to dental implant procedures. Prosthodontics is one of 13 dental specialties recognised by the Dental Board of Australia and involves the rehabilitation of oral health, function and aesthetics through the restoration of broken down or worn teeth and the replacement of missing teeth.

At Aria Dental in Perth, our prosthodontic treatments are designed to restore or replace natural function and appearance of your teeth. So, if you’re missing teeth or have any complex issues with broken or worn-down teeth, a prosthodontist is exactly who you need to see. And, no referral is required.

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Specialist Prosthodontist Dr Michael Zaninovich leads our team of dentists and specialists at Aria Dental. As a specialist in prosthodontics, he can perform full mouth rehabilitation with optimal aesthetic and functional results. In most cases, he will be involved in both the treatment planning and surgical execution to maximise the success of your implant procedure.

Patients across Western Australia use our clinic’s dental implant services. Due to our Perth CBD location, we are particularly accessible for patients in West Perth, East Perth, South Perth, North Perth, Subiaco and surrounding suburbs.

Before you book your Dental Implant Perth appointment, it’s important to research which dental specialist is appropriate for you. And, when it comes to dental implants, Prosthodontists can help in many ways. You may already know what dentists and orthodontists do – but do you know what a specialist Prosthodontist does?

How is a specialist Prosthodontist different to a dentist?

General dentists can perform dental implant treatments, but they don’t have the same amount of in-depth training as Prosthodontists. Prosthodontics is a post graduate qualification. To apply for a position in the course, the applicant needs to have completed a minimum of two years of general dental practice and meet all other requirements for general registration as a dentist. Once accepted into the course, the applicant will complete a further three years of full time study after which they are able to register as a specialist in the field with the Dental Board of Australia.

Prosthodontists have specialty knowledge and skills that give them the ability to diagnose and treat a wide range of health issues.

Specialist Prosthodontists are different to dentists. As an educated consumer, it is important to understand that you have choices in your treatment decisions and that you can be involved in making the best choice for your health and well-being. Before committing to complex, expensive or irreversible dental procedures you should consider has my General Dentist completed appropriate training that enables them to carry out this procedure successfully?

  • Is a General Dentist the best qualified person to carry out this procedure?
  • How many times has this General Dentist carried out this procedure in the past as compared to a Dental Specialist?
  • If a General Dentist says they are specialised in this procedure, are they a registered specialist with the Dental Board of Australia?

What does a Prosthodontist do?

Your dentist may refer you to a Prosthodontist for complex treatment or if you have multiple issues affecting your oral health. You can also choose to have your treatment performed by a specialist Prosthodontist and can book your consultation appointment directly.

At your first appointment, a Prosthodontist will perform a full examination of your mouth.

This exam may involve the use of X-rays and other diagnostic imaging systems, including cone-beam CT scans.

This in-depth examination ensures your Prosthodontist can plan a suitable treatment for your teeth and mouth.

While your dentist may refer you to Aria Dental, you don’t need a referral to make an appointment.

Our specialist Prosthodontist at Aria Dental is highly experienced at:

Specialist Prosthodontic treatment at Aria Dental encompasses more than just your teeth and mouth. We look at your general health and any individual risk factors you may have. An Aria Dental comprehensive treatment plan focuses on stopping infections and diseases from spreading so you can maintain good long-term oral health.

Aria Dental has built an outstanding reputation not only as a leading Perth dental implant centre but as Perth’s premium specialist and general dental centre.

Need dental implants? Why you should come to Aria Dental in Perth

Aria’s Dental Implant Centre in Perth is the home of Western Australian Principal Prosthodontist Dr Michael Zaninovich.

Aria Dental has built an outstanding reputation not only as a leading Perth dental implant centre but as Perth’s premium specialist and general dental centre.

Principal Prosthodontist Dr Michael Zaninovich is one of only two Diplomates of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in Western Australia and the Aria Dental Perth CBD clinic regularly has patients travelling from regional, interstate and overseas to benefit from his care and expertise.

Internationally recognised for his accomplishments in dental implantology and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Dr Zaninovich and his team use advanced dental implant techniques and treatment care – for one, several or all missing teeth.

You’ll feel at home with Aria Dental, as we provide a high-quality dental experience for all clients.

To book your initial appointment at Aria Dental in Perth, or to discuss your needs with a dental professional, please contact us today.

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