We are proud to have Dr. Matilda Dhima, a highly-acclaimed prosthodontist, on our team at Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry. Through the use of prosthodontics, patients are able to regain full oral function and live a life with a confidence that would otherwise be impossible. We’re excited to share our interview with Dr. Dhima, as she gives our patients more insight into the prosthodontic specialty and exciting changes within the field of dentistry.
An Interview with Dr. Dhima
Can you explain what you do as a maxillofacial prosthodontist?
Maxillofacial prosthodontics is the only subspecialty of dentistry. As a maxillofacial prosthodontist, I help patients restore and replace missing structures of the head and neck acquired from surgical ablation, chemoradiation therapy, traumatic injuries, congenital birth defects, and alterations in growth and development. These include head and neck cancer, cleft lip and palate, ectodermal dysplasia, head and neck trauma, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Why did you decide to become a prosthodontist?
I decided to become a prosthodontist specialist to help people achieve a functional and healthy smile. The loss of teeth and surrounding structures, either from aging, trauma, or congenital disorders, affects not only our ability to chew and smile but also our quality of daily life with contemporary materials and advanced technology.
What was your path to becoming a prosthodontist?
My path to becoming a prosthodontist specialist started with my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, followed by four years of training for my Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I went on to complete four additional years of advanced training in prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics with a position as a Chief Resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. I am also the first and only resident of the Mayo Clinic Dental Specialties Department to be recognized with the academic position of Assistant Professor of Medicine.
Is there anything within dentistry you see as particularly important right now?
Advances in digital technology and materials have provided an opportunity for practitioners to improve treatment outcomes for patients. At Riccobene Family Dentistry and Specialty, we use digital impressions, live navigation dynamic implant placement system, and innovative materials to support the goal of achieving predictable treatment outcomes with a patient-centered approach to care. Digital impressions of gums and teeth, three-dimensional printing and milling of dental crowns, veneers, and dentures are some exciting changes happening in dentistry.
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