Prosthodontics (pronounced präs-thə-ˈdän-tiks) is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Graduate programs in prosthodontics include classroom lectures and seminars, laboratory as well as clinical training in aesthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, oral cancer reconstruction, and continuing care.
Who is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist has completed three years of post-dental school training in an accredited prosthodontics residency program. Their training includes an extensive education in the fields of dental materials, dental implants, complete and partial removable prosthodontics, fixed prosthodontics, complex oral rehabilitation, and maxillofacial prosthodontics.
In essence, a prosthodontist is an artistic dental engineer with comprehensive clinical experience whose goal is the restoration of optimal function and appearance to patients’ dentition and smile. As a result, they are masters of complete oral rehabilitation and are dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.