A Prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Most Prosthodontists receive three years of additional training after dental school in a program accredited by the American Dental Association based either at a hospital or a university. The training includes lectures, treatment of patients with more complex needs with a higher degree of precision and a more in-depth knowledge of the care they provide. In addition, a Prosthodontics specialty requires a clinician to be involved in research and to be published in the field
What dental procedures does a prosthodontist perform?
Prosthodontists are the experts in dental rehabilitation and procedures including crowns, caps, bridges, veneers, removable partial dentures, dentures, and dental implants. Prosthodontists have also received advanced training in implant dentistry, 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 leaders of complete oral rehabilitation.
Is a prosthodontist different from a cosmetic dentist?
Yes! The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, and the ADA does not include cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. Prosthodontists receive extensive training and experience in dental esthetics and cosmetics during their graduate programs. Training, experience, knowledge, and expertise far exceeds that of a general dentist.
Will the prosthodontist complete all of my required treatment?
The prosthodontist is best viewed as the architect of your dental project. He has the vision of your final outcome, both the esthetics of your smile and the improved function of your bite. Often other dental specialists such as a periodontist, oral surgeon or endodontist may participate in your treatment to help establish a solid foundation for your restorations. Every Prosthodontist develops a treatment plan customized for each individual patient, and he will determine if adjunctive procedures by another doctor are necessary.