About Us

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who deals with the restoration of missing teeth or bits of teeth using items such as crowns, veneers, bridges, implants and dentures. Prosthodontists aim to restore optimum function and aesthetics. We can help people who’ve had cancer surgery and accidents, and those with jaw joint problems or congenital abnormalities. We may even be able to help with snoring and sleep problems! To become a prosthodontist requires years of additional study on top of a basic dentistry degree.

You don’t need necessarily a referral to see a prosthodontist.

Praveen Nathaniel

Praveen is a registered specialist. He did his basic dental degree and masters training at Melbourne University. After graduating in 1986, he worked in country Victoria for four years before enrolling for his masters course. His thesis topic was Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacture in Dentistry, and he was among the first in Melbourne to look at this topic.

Praveen has held positions at the Royal Dental Hospital as Senior Registrar, at the University of Melbourne as a Lecturer and Clinical Demonstrator and at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as a Visiting Associate. He has been in restricted or specialist private practice since 1994 and set up the Melbourne Prosthodontic Centre in Mt Waverley and Moonee Ponds in 1996. A custom built state of the art clinic was built in Glen Waverley in 2007

Praveen is passionate about continuing education and keeping up with the latest developments. He has lectured at the University of Melbourne and run numerous courses there for over 15 years. He has also lectured locally, interstate and even internationally, and is involved in the dental profession at the local level in numerous capacities. He’s (or been) a member of The Dental Health Education Committee, local ADA groups, prosthodontic groups, crown and bridge societies and eleven other study clubs and speciality groups.

His opinion as an independent expert is sought after by dental companies, and he has served on numerous key opinion leader boards. He serves a pre-release evaluator for a number of companies for different dental materials.

His special interests in prosthodontics include implants and ceramics. His outside interests include street latin and ballroom dancing, woodturning, travel, photography, computing, skiing and playing the guitar and saxophone.

Edelmiro De Hoyos (Miro)

Dr. De Hoyos graduated from Mexico with high distinctions in 1999. After 2 years in general practice he completed a Master of Science degree in Biomaterials from the National University of Singapore in 2003. Moving to Adelaide he finished his Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics in 2006. He had extensive teaching experience in University of Adelaide to Undergraduates and Postgraduates. His other positions include visiting specialist to the South Australian Dental Service and Sharjah University. In 2008 he is awarded membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He joined the Melbourne Prosthodontic Centre in 2008.
In his limited spare time he enjoys life outdoors playing golf and spending time with his wife and children.

Karim Agha

Karim finished his bachelor dental degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1999 with first degree honours. He then spent three and a half years of internship in general dental practice. In 2000, Karim was awarded the MFDS RCS membership from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He was awarded the degree of Graduate Diploma of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics in 2003 and the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics in 2006 from the University of Melbourne. His major research interest has been the fabrication technologies of different implant frameworks, particularly those made of titanium.

Since Graduation, Karim has been working at Melbourne Prosthodontic Centre. He also works at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne as a specialist Prosthodontist.
Karim has been heavily involved with teaching of undergraduate students at the University of Melbourne and Latrobe University at Bendigo and of ADC overseas dentist at Dental Health Services Victoria. He also had an honorary position at the Royal Melbourne Hospital treating disadvantaged patients with maxillofacial defects.

Karim is very passionate about every aspect of his Prosthodontics and enjoys helping his patients

Outside work, Karim is very interested in soccer and gadgets.

Dr Wayne Chow

Wayne, originally from Hong Kong, is a Melbourne graduate, having completed his undergraduate in 1999 and post graduate Prosthodontic degree in 2012. His post-graduate thesis centered on bone research and the biology of dental implant healing.

He initially joined the Australian Army as a Dental Officer in 2000 and returned to full time Military service in 2013. During his military career, Wayne served in operations in East Timor, the Solomon Islands before being appointed Head of Corps for the Dental Corps and a Senior Medical Appointment providing clinical advice and governance to the Army as well offering a full range of services as a specialist prosthodontist to various health centres in South Queensland.

Wayne is a keen educator, was involved in undergraduate teaching at the University of Queensland Dental School and is teaching at the University of Melbourne.

Wayne’s special interests include dental erosion, oral rehabilitation as well as implants.

Wayne is married with two young daughters. In his spare time he is a keen middle-distance runner and enjoys travelling Australia with his family. Wayne is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.