Prosthodontists are dentists who specialize in the restoration and replacement of teeth. They are some of the best-trained dental professionals; after completing undergraduate studies and dental school, they receive three more years of specialized training in an American Dental Association-accredited graduate school programs.
Dr Shivani Karre is one such Prosthodontist (Assistant Professor at a world renowned university at California, USA) who spent her whole life chasing her dreams of being a Prosthdontist. Dr. Karre remains committed to research, education, creating opportunities and bringing peoples smiles back. She believes that women can help turn the world right side up.
Her research areas include restorative dentistry with an emphasis on removable and fixed Prosthodontics, amalgam/ composite restorations, & extractions.
There are around 196,000 dentists practicing in the U.S.- about 1 dentist for every 1,600 people. There are over 3,500 practicing prosthodontists and prosthodontic residents in the U.S., according to the American Dental Association, Health Policy Resources Center, Supply of Dentists, 2017.
She is also an expert in Prosthesis design and Prosthodontic procedures (published research articles & co-authored various chapters in e-book), did research poster presentations at American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP), Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics (PCSP), American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and American Prosthodontics Society (APS).
Working as an Assistant Professor at School of Dentistry at California provided her ample opportunities to involve herself in areas of her interest changing the lives of people every day including both her patients & students. Experiencing the challenges and rewards of exploring new relationships between ideas and facts, acquiring expertise with tools and methods central to discipline &pursue a more specialized path within the dentistry for her career which is quite inspiring for a lot of people who want to be like her and be a specialty dentist serving the society and changing lives of people every day bringing their smiles & confidence back. She feels grateful for her journey because it feels right to be able to give back and to help students, patients and their families.
More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. These numbers are expected to grow in the next two decades.
She loves to volunteer very often as volunteering for a good cause changes lives and doesn’t just benefit the people you’re helping. She feels it is an eternal experience that cannot be bought with any amount of money.
Prosthodontists specialized training addresses all of the elements that go into an attractive, natural looking smile—the teeth, gums, lips, and facial bone structure. Because of their specialized training, they often lead teams of dental professionals contributing to procedures to restore or replace natural teeth.
There’s a huge demand all over the world & in the United States (U.S) for the kind of care a prosthodontist can provide. More than 35 million people in the U.S. are missing all their teeth, and more than 178 million are missing one or more teeth. An aging population and a culture that embraces unhealthy dietary habits (fast foods, sugary soft drinks, and bad oral hygiene) are contributing to greater rates of tooth decay and loss.
Patients who are missing some or all of their natural teeth may seek the services of a prosthodontist for a partial or full set of dentures. These removable teeth are made of a durable, realistic material that pretty much matches the color and shape of natural teeth. In addition to these services, a prosthodontist may also treat temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), cleft lips or palates, sleep and snoring disorders or geriatric health issues.
These treatments can lead to tremendous improved appearance, comfort, speech and functioning for people with missing or damaged teeth. She feels grateful for her journey because it feels right to be able to give back and to help patients and their families every day.