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What is a Prosthodontist?

What is a Prosthodontist?


A prosthodontist is a specialist in the replacement or restoration of teeth and jaw structures utilizing artificial materials. A prosthodontist must complete three-to-four additional years of training in a prosthodontics program, accredited by the American Dental Association, to obtain the skills required to be considered a specialist in the field. This extensive training provides prosthodontists the knowledge of creating tooth replacements, understanding the dynamics of a great smile, and preserving a healthy, beautiful smile.

Why Choose a Prosthodontist?


Known as the architects of restorative treatments, prosthodontists work closely with general dentists and other specialists to provide solutions in restoring your teeth and mouth to proper functionality and aesthetics.

Highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures, prosthodontists are experts in treating diverse, and many times complex, dental conditions, such as jaw joint problems, missing teeth, sleep disorders, traumatic injuries to the mouth and teeth, congenital defects, oral cancer reconstruction and problems arising from neglect. To treat these conditions, prosthodontists provide the following services:

  • Crowns

  • Bridges

  • Veneers

  • Complete and removable partial dentures

  • Dental implants

  • TMJ/TMD treatments

  • Sleep apnea appliance therapy

  • Full mouth reconstruction using prostheses

  • Congenital defect correction using prostheses

  • Complex, multidisciplinary treatment plans


Prosthodontists focus on the development and placement of customized prosthesis to replace missing teeth, damaged dentitions or defects. Prostheses can be constructed from a variety of materials including metal, porcelain and acrylics, depending on the function and desired aesthetic results of the piece.

For more information, please visit the American College of Prosthodontists website.

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