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Specialist Prosthodontist

Prosthodontists are specialist dentists who are highly trained in both the replacement and restoration of teeth. 

The biggest difference between a prosthodontist and a general dentist is that a prosthodontist deals with replacing teeth and restoring your oral health and function throughout your entire mouth. 

How to be a Specialist Prosthodontist in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

To become a prosthodontist in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (NSC/NC(V) Entry into programmes subject to the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS) or Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BChD))
  3. Internship (12-month internship)
  4. Post-graduate Degree (Master in Dentistry)

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Prosthodontists in South Africa typically study for 5 years and render 1 year of community service. Following that, they also usually study for another 4 years to get their Masters degree.

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

Once qualified, you will have to register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work.

Specialist Prosthodontists in South Africa often work in government or private hospitals and clinics. Many periodontists go into private practise.

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about Specialist Prosthodontists, contact The Health Professionals Council of South Afric or The Academy of Prosthodontics, South Africa.


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