Patient Education

Who Is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who:

  • Receives three years of additional training after dental school in a fulltime residency program
  • Specializes in the restoration of damaged teeth and replacement of missing teeth
  • Restores optimal function to your teeth and optimal appearance to your smile
  • Manages jaw joint (TMJ) problems and concerns related to facial pain
  • Provides prosthetic replacements for missing oral, head and/or neck structures related to cancer, trauma, or birth defects
  • Specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.
  • 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.

Why See 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.
  • You are concerned about the quality of your dental care.
  • You need a dentist who can restore optimal appearance and function to your smile.
  • You need a dentist with advanced training in esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.
  • Additional training for prosthodontists is earned through a university or hospital-based advanced education program accredited by the American Dental Association. This specialty education provides knowledge and skills beyond the training of general dentists and includes advanced-level lectures, courses, clinical and laboratory experiences, patient care and scholarly research.
  • Prosthodontists are proficient in comprehensive oral health diagnosis, treatment planning and restoration. A prosthodontist is the skilled architect who can restore optimal function and appearance to your smile.