What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are experts in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and complex restorative dentistry. After dental school, Prosthodontists receive an additional three years of intense specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA.

Why you should go to a Prosthodontist…

Whether you require simple fillings, single crowns, tooth whitening or complex oral reconstruction involving teeth and implants, you can be assured that you are receiving the best care possible in state of the art dentistry by visiting a Prosthodontist. Prosthodontists have vast knowledge in dental materials and techniques, and are well versed in the dental literature so that you can be confident that your treatment is backed by sound clinical research.

A Prosthodontist provides an extremely high level of care for patients who are missing teeth or have significant damage to their existing teeth. Prosthodontists deal with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and neglect. A Prosthodontist can aid in the rehabilitation of a complete dentition or merely in the replacement of one or two teeth. If implants are used in restoring the dentition, the Prosthodontist can provide the expertise and guidance to insure the best possible result.

A Prosthodontist will usually treat more difficult dental problems such as people who are missing many teeth or have significant functional and esthetic problems. While the general practitioner is able to handle most simple crown and bridge procedures, the Prosthodontist is more qualified to restore an entire arch or whole mouth. When a Prosthodontist is involved in developing a complex treatment plan; he may coordinate the treatment involving multiple dental specialists.

Board Certification

After completing an accredited residency program, Prosthodontists have the option of applying for board certification in the specialty. The process, which is administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics, is similar to that in other dental and medical fields.

Subsequent to completing a comprehensive written examination, candidates must present three patient cases and defend their diagnosis, treatment, and results to a panel of examiners, all of whom are experienced Board Certified Prosthodontists.

After successfully challenging the multipart process, which requires four years, the Prosthodontist becomes certified and is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. To maintain their certification, Diplomates must demonstrate their commitment by continuing professional education by attending or presenting scientific lectures. They also must take a recertification examination every eight years.

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