If you guys had an option between prosthodontics and orthodontics, which one would you accept or apply to? And why?
Like pay wise, job outlooks and...
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First - Mboy ,This is a great thread - thank you. I haven't posted on here since 2013 back when I was taking my DAT so I will keep this as simple as possible for those struggling to decide.
Personally, I was deciding this back when I was a D3 dental student. I spoke with a lot of specialists, did hours of shadowing in both prosth and ortho departments at UMich, spent time with the residents, spoke with faculty members, researched, attended CE courses during dental school and attended dental study clubs. Here is my take:
1. Referral game is gone. Nobody refers unless its a difficult case whether you choose prosth or ortho.
2. Do something that you love and something that pays well. Pay is important (especially with school debt), but enjoying what you do is as important.
3. Find a program that fits what YOU are looking for. Not all programs are the same.
This is the viewpoint I had while shadowing:
Ortho - great specialty, great $$, assistants do most of you work, you spend most of your time planning the treatment, walking around with a cup of coffee in a polo and khaki pants, 4 days a week, great lifestyle
Prosth - great specialty, great $$, team is everything, in house laboratory is a must, education is top notch, literally the navy seals of dentistry, full mouth everyday - crowns, implants, all on X hybrid restorations - need to love being in the laboratory - a lot of work, the patients reactions at the end of treatment with their new smile are priceless
Personally, I couldn't give up the opportunity to restore and being in the lab so I chose Prosth. I also chose a prosth program that was surgical based (dental implant training). I finished my residency earlier this year and even with COVID, I was able to land a position in a denture and implant center. Couldn't be happier with my decision. At the end, do what PAYS well and something you LOVE doing. For those thinking prosth, I wouldn't worry much about "advertising as a prosthodontist" and listening to dentists who say "people dont know what a prosthodontist is" - its all word of mouth anyways, your patients do all your advertising for you. Do good work, if you wouldn't put it in your mouth, don't deliver it. Put the patient first, you'll have a very successful career.