Dr. Lal is a Board Certified Prosthodontist practicing in New York City. He graduated from dental school in 1996 from Manipal, India, followed by his masters degree in Prosthodontics from Columbia University in 2002. After graduation, he continued to teach at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and was appointed the Program Director for Post Graduate Prosthodontics.
Dr. Lal is President and CEO of Digital Dentistry Forum, a company that is committed to become the #1 source for training and education in digital dentistry.
He has authored multiple articles in the top peer-reviewed journals on prosthodontics and implant dentistry including the use of computer generated surgical templates for prosthodontic and surgical implant planning and placement. He has extensive experience in the treatment of partially and completely edentulous patients using dental implants.
He lectures Nationally on implant, esthetic and reconstructive dentistry with a primary focus on digital dentistry and its clinical applications.
What is Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is the specialized field of dentistry concerned with diagnosing, planning and executing restorative and cosmetic treatments. Dentists who choose to specialize in prosthodontics must complete three or four more years of dedicated training following dental school.
A prosthodontist is in essence an architect, who formulates a comprehensive treatment plan and informs the patient as to what is possible. Missing or defective teeth can be extremely detrimental to self-esteem and self-confidence. Using the latest technology, a prosthodontist is able to fill these gaps with functional, natural-looking teeth that boost confidence and enhance the smile.
There are many reasons why a prosthodontist may be consulted, including (but not limited to):
Creation of partial or full sets of dentures.
Desire to whiten the teeth or improve the aesthetics of the smile. Filling gaps created by one or more missing teeth.
Interest in dental implants.