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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.
To become a prosthodontist in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:
Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:
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.
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.