Learn more about the difference between a Prosthodontist, a specialist, and a general dentist.
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.