What is a Prosthodontist?
A Specialist in the Restoration & Replacement of Teeth
Whether you are a new patient or a long-standing patient in our practice, you may not completely understand what a Prosthodontist is. We hope this information will help you realize the value of treatment by a dental specialist.
Prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth – they make smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. They are trained to manage the most complex dental restorations; from patients requiring rehabilitation after a traumatic injury to creating new smiles for those born with genetic facial deficits. Prosthodontists have the special skills needed to restore smiles to the best they can be.
After completing four years of dental school, Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA. Rigorous training and experience provide Prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacement.
Many like to think of Prosthodontists as the “quarterback” of a dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to your dental needs.
If you are seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental treatment, you should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care. As ADA recognized specialists, Prosthodontists are qualified to offer service in state-of-the-art procedures and techniques, such as:
- Dental implants
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Complex care management involving multiple specialists
- Complete and removable partial dentures
- Replacing lost teeth
- Special needs of geriatric patients
- Children born with cleft palate or missing teeth
- TMD (TMJ) – jaw joint problems
- Traumatic injuries
- Snoring and sleep disorders
- Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care