WHAT IS A PROSTHODONTIST
A prosthodontist is a registered dental specialist who has received an extra 3 years of full-time post-graduate training. They specialise in restoring teeth (with fillings, crowns or veneers) and replacing teeth (with dentures, bridges or implants), to create beautiful smiles and improve chewing so that you can live your life to the fullest.
This qualification must then be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) before it is recognised by the Dental Board of Australia and the title of “specialist prosthodontist” can be used. You can check whether a dentist is a registered prosthodontist from AHPRA’s website.
Once a prosthodontist becomes a registered specialist, the expected standard of care is elevated and you are, therefore, protected by law to receive such care. In simple terms, prosthodontists are the accredited experts in restoring and replacing teeth at the highest expected level of care.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
Patients commonly see us when they have the following concerns:
- One or more missing teeth requiring replacement
- Failing teeth requiring extraction and replacement
- Broken teeth
- Unattractive smile
- Previous dental work that is failing
Complex dental work required
Worn-down teeth due to clenching & grinding
- Worn or sensitive teeth due to erosion
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Bite does not feel right
- Dental trauma
- Jaw pain, clicking or locking (i.e. temporomandibular disorder or TMD)
Complex dental issues requiring comprehensive treatment-planning and potential coordination with other dental specialists
Prosthodontists are much the same as architects, but for your mouth. We are the specialists that other dentists turn to for help in the restoration and function of your teeth, and the appearance of your smile. We provide assessment, design, treatment plans, and the coordination and completion of treatment.
Prosthodontists could also be considered your personal dental managers. If you have a complex dental problem, we are the most suitable specialist to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan from the very beginning. From start to finish, we liaise with all parties involved to oversee your entire treatment process, ensuring the best possible outcome.
Given our specialised training and considerable clinical experience, we are the specialists most suitable for performing dental implant surgeries, including bone grafting and sinus lifts; dental implant crowns and bridges; cosmetic dentistry using veneers; complex restorations using crowns and bridges; and full mouth dental treatment.
DR. BEN LEE
BDS (Otago), MDSc (Pros) (Syd), MRACDS (Pros), Clinical Lecturer
Ben started his dental career in 2002, after graduating from the University of Otago (New Zealand). Following his keen interest for cosmetic and implant dentistry, Ben pursued a Master’s degree in prosthodontics (the highest qualification one can obtain for restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry) and became a registered specialist in 2008. During this time, he was awarded the prestigious Young Prosthodontist Award by the renowned International College of Prosthodontists. Ben’s area of research was on teeth clenching and grinding during sleep (i.e. sleep bruxism). Patients with this problem can greatly benefit from a discussion with Ben on this topic.
Ben is one of Sydney’s leading prosthodontists, having performed over thousands of dental implant surgeries. By combining passion, expertise and experience, Ben is able to achieve one of the highest success rates for his patients with minimal complications and failures, a quality desired by patients seeking world-class dental care.
Influenced by his parents (who were both university lecturers), Ben has a strong interest in continuing education and enjoys sharing knowledge and experience with his peers. Since 2009, Ben has been a visiting honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney. In addition, he is a mentor for dentists completing implant diplomas at the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne and the Charles Sturt University. Every year, Ben provides many presentations and workshops to dentists on a wide range of prosthodontic topics and is a frequent presenter for the Australian Dental Association and Nobel Biocare. His latest appearance and upcoming presentations can be found here.
Through his teaching and presentation experience, Ben is very articulate at explaining complicated issues and procedures. Patients find Ben very easy to understand even for the most complex situations. Ben is always calm and has a very gentle touch, helping to ease the anxiety of seeing a dentist.
Ben has a keen involvement in the dental community. He is the past president for the Australian Asian Association of Dentists as well as the Australian Prosthodontic Society. Ben enjoys the challenges each organisation presents and the responsibility of serving their members.
Ben is a well-respected specialist in the dental community whose passion and care towards patients makes him highly regarded by his peers and referring dentists. The genuine care he has for his patients is evident in every interaction and is grounded in his upbringing to always make a positive contribution to our society.
Ben’s life-long professional goal is to improve the quality of life for as many patients as possible through tailored, ethical and quality dental care. Hence our practice motto, “Improving lives, one smile at a time”!
Outside the practice, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, art, travelling, exploring and learning.
DR. JOHNSON CHOU
BDS (Otago), GradDipClinDent (Syd), DClinDent (Pros) (Syd), MRACDS (Pros)
Johnson graduated from the University of Otago (New Zealand) with a Bachelor degree in dentistry in 1998. While practicing as a general dentist, he furthered his training in the United States, Brazil and Australia in the field of cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants, occlusion and temporomandibular joint disorder.
To optimise treatments for anxious patients, in 2003 Johnson completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Conscious Sedation & Pain Control) at the University of Sydney. He is, therefore, highly qualified to assist patients who suffer from dental anxiety.
In 2009, Johnson completed a three-year Clinical Doctorate in Prosthodontics at the University of Sydney to become a registered prosthodontist. Within the field of prosthodontics, Johnson has a special interest in restoring worn teeth and cosmetic dentistry for patients with high expectations. He was trained under the world renowned Dr Newton Fahl (Brazil) who is one of the world’s leading cosmetic dentists in aesthetic composite resin restorations.
Johnson is a prosthodontic specialist member of the Royal Australia College of Dental Surgeons as well as a member of the Australian Prosthodontic Society and the Australian Dental Association.
DR. AGNES LAI
BDS (Syd), DClinDent (Pros) (Syd), MRACDS (Pros)
Agnes obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney (USYD) in 2002, during which she was awarded the G.S. CAIRD Scholarship in Prosthetic Dentistry and shared the Faculty Research Prize. After practicing as a general dentist in Singapore and Sydney, Agnes completed her Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics at USYD in 2009, and was admitted as a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the same year. Currently Agnes practices prosthodontics in private practices as well as being a clinical specialist at the Westmead Oral Restorative Sciences Department.
Agnes has a keen interest in research and continuing education. She was involved in the ongoing research in hypodontia at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and has published a number of articles. She is also a contributor to Oral Rehabilitation: A Case-Based Approach, a textbook published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
Agnes was a past lecturer of Oral Rehabilitation at USYD, where she was involved in both undergraduate and post-graduate teaching of prosthodontics and dental implants. She currently maintains an ongoing Clinical Educator role and is a convener of the Continuing Education Program for Prosthodontics at USYD.
Agnes’ extensive experience in general and specialist practice, combined with her friendly and gentle approach, enables her to provide patients with the highest quality specialist treatment in a warm and caring manner. Agnes has a particular interest in the aesthetic aspect of prosthodontics where she particularly enjoys teamwork with her patients to rejuvenate, restore and create smiles that are unique and tailored for each individual. Agnes takes a holistic approach to her work, including mindfulness on aetiology, recommendations on preventative strategies and risk mitigations.
Agnes has served on the federal executive board of the Australian Prosthodontic Society and is the current NSW Councillor for the Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists.
Agnes is a mother of three delightful daughters and enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys cooking, singing, theatre, travel, and playing the piano for leisure. While fluent in Cantonese, Agnes also communicates in Mandarin and is interested in the Japanese and French languages.
TEAM & RECRUITMENT
We believe that genuine care can only come from the heart; hence, our dental team members have been carefully selected for their roles as individuals who regard patient care as their highest priority. The growth and success of our business is a testament to their contributions and achievements. We are so proud of our team and we are extremely grateful. Without them, we would not be where we are today!
We support and encourage our staff by fostering a team-oriented environment where everyone is an equal and valued member of the team, and by providing extensive training, coaching, support and opportunity for continued education. We take the time to appreciate the hard work and commitment of our staff and we never take this dedication for granted.
We are always seeking the right people to join our growing team, so if you have an optimistic can-do attitude, are passionate about helping others, and value hard work and team collaboration, please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!