Why See a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are trained experts in the field of Esthetic, Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry. The American Dental Association recognizes Prosthodontics as one of nine dental specialties. Prosthodontists specialize in the diagnosis, restoration, and replacement of missing teeth. and restore oral function through the placement of restorations or prostheses.

Areas of Expertise:

A Team Leader:

The Prosthodontist is generally the team leader or “quarterback” in the development and execution of the dental treatment plan.  He (or she) is trained to lead a collaborative team involving many dental professionals including general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, orthodontists, pediatric dentists and lab technicians.

Training:

Extensive training and experience give prosthodontists a unique understanding of restoring the dynamics of a smile and healthy mouth with the creation of tooth prostheses. Becoming a prosthodontist requires an additional two to four years of specialty training after obtaining a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree.

This specialized training must be completed at an ADA-accredited prosthodontic education program. This is where prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating multiple, diverse, and complex dental conditions. They will also learn how to restore the optimum function and aesthetics of a smile.

Why choose a Board Certified Prosthodontist?:

The board certification process is administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics, and is similar to that in other dental/medical fields. The process requires approximately four years to complete. Candidates must complete a comprehensive written examination as well as treat three patient with a panel of examiners present. If the candidate is successful, he or she is then recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Diplomates must demonstrate their commitment to their field by attending continuing education, publishing dental articles and/or presenting scientific lectures.  

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