What Is A Prosthodontist?

What is Prosthodontics?

ACP-LogoProsthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Graduate programs in prosthodontics include classroom lectures and seminars, laboratory and clinical training in esthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation. A prosthodontist is dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive two or three years of additional training after dental school, and restore optimum appearance and function to your smile. Additional training for prosthodontists is earned through a hospital- or university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association. The training includes reviews of the literature, lectures, treatment of patients and laboratory experience in fabricating restorations. A prosthodontist is the skilled architect who can restore optimum function and appearance to your smile.

Why visit a Prosthodontist?

You may want to visit a prosthodontist if you are missing one or more teeth; you are interested in dental implants; you wear dentures or removable partial dentures; or you want to improve the esthetics of your smile.

When would you need the care of a Prosthodontist?

You need the care of a Prosthodontist if:

  • You are missing one or more teeth.
  • You are interested in dental implants.
  • You wear dentures or removable partial dentures.
  • You want to improve the esthetics of your smile.

What options do Prosthodontists offer to restore your teeth?

Prosthodontists offer several options such as bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants and lost tooth replacement.

How is a Prosthodontist different from other dentists and dental specialists?

Prosthodontists expertly restore and replace teeth. They have trained three additional years in an American Dental Association accredited graduate program after completing dental school. Prosthodontists are also considered the quarterback of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs.

What other ailments are prosthodontists trained to treat?

Prosthodontists also understand patients’ unique needs such as:

  • Cleft palates
  • Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
  • TMD, TMJ or other jaw joint problems
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Snoring and sleep disorders

Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.