What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth who have completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced training and education in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program.  Extensive 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 replacements. Serving as the architect of a dental treatment plan, a prosthodontist collaborates with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.  Prosthodontists provide an extremely high level of care to patients with missing teeth, or having significant damage to their existing teeth. Prosthodontists work with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and neglect.  Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structure and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.

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Are all “cosmetic” dentists prosthodontists? 

No.  The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. Only prosthodontists have advanced training in aesthetics, dental ceramics and porcelains, and smile design. Prosthodontists receive thousands of hours in literature review, clinical training, and supervised patient care in a three-year residency after receiving their DMD or DDS in dental school. Conversely, any dentist can advertise themselves as a “cosmetic dentist” with little to no training beyond that which they acquired in dental school.  There are a variety of continuing education courses and programs, often only 1 day or a weekend in length, that provide dentists with some basic knowledge in cosmetics.  Fellowships and memberships in many cosmetic dentistry groups often only require the payment of annual fees and no further commitment to continuing education.  If you are in need of cosmetic, reconstructive, or dental implant treatments, a prosthodontist can provide you with the highest level of care.

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