This specialized field of dentistry is concerned with restoring natural teeth and replacing missing teeth with prosthetic ones. Following graduation from dental school, prosthondontists complete a 2- or 3-year program recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Prosthodontists may receive board certification from the American Board of Prosthodontics. The ADA recognizes the field of prosthodontics as a dental specialty.
Prosthodontists utilize restorative treatments to revitalize dental appearance, comfort, and function. They also receive training in cosmetic therapies to enhance the appearance of teeth, and perform surgery to correct facial deformities.
Examples of services a prosthondontist provides include:
- Partial dentures
- Full dentures
- Fixed bridges
- Dental implants
- Porcelain veneers
Prosthodontists take into account every aspect of a smile when restoring one or more teeth to ensure optimal esthetics, function, and occlusion (the way top and bottom teeth fit together). They’re often referred to as “architects” because they devise and execute comprehensive treatments plans. Prosthodontists may team with other specialists and general dentists to ensure a patient’s continuity of care and manage cases that involve multiple aspects.
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