The Australian Dental Prosthetists Association (ADPA) is the professional body that is committed to Dental Prosthetists (DPs) and their patients across Australia. Our head Dental Prosthetist, Steven Anthony, is a dedicated member whose involvement with ADPA has provided an opportunity for him to connect, grow, learn and share with this peak industry body in an engaging and meaningful way. Steven has found the membership so highly valuable not only for his continued professional development and process improvements but of benefit to his patients and clinic that he has now joined the Western Australian Committee to be a representative in the Dental Prosthetist community.
Steven Anthony says, “being involved with the ADPA has provided a really beneficial platform for networking with other professionals in the industry, sharing great ideas in a supportive environment that help advance the work in our area. The Committee is full of passionate industry professionals that genuinely care about their patients and providing them with the best of care”.
So you may ask, what is a Dental Prosthetist? They are a qualified dental health professional who look after the needs of patients with full and partial dentures including crafting new dentures and providing repairs, relines and tooth additions – the good news is that you can visit them directly without a referral from a dentist which is generally a lot more convenient for patients too. At Total Denture Care, our Dental Prosthetist, Steven Anthony has both the clinical and technical qualifications and skills to provide the best in treatment for patients from both inside the clinic room to the dental laboratory.
As the ADPA outlines, “Dental Prosthetists work as independent practitioners in the assessment, treatment, management and provision of removable dentures, and flexible removable mouthguards used for sporting activities.
Dental Prosthetists are registered nationally with the Dental Board of Australia, the same board that registers dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental and oral health therapists and dental specialists. They are subject to the same registration requirements, guidelines and codes of practice as other members of the dental team.
Dental Prosthetists have been active members of the oral health workforce for many years, and are engaged in the public and private sectors. They also often work as part of the wider dental team alongside general dentists and dental specialists such as prosthodontists, encompassing referral arrangements for the treatment and manufacture of implant retained overdentures, immediate dentures and splints and anti-snoring devices.
Dental Prosthetists provide services for patients through private billing arrangements, often supported by private health insurers. They also service patients accessing benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and individual state based denture schemes.
When you are placed in the care of a Dental Prosthetist you can be secure in the knowledge that you are being looked after by a dental practitioner with the most comprehensive knowledge of advanced techniques, new materials and the latest world trends in the field of dental prosthetics”.
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