A prosthodontist is a highly trained and experienced dental professional who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth or oral and maxillofacial tissues. Prosthodontics, also known as dentures or prosthetic dentistry, is one of 12 dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. In order to become a prosthodontist, a dentist must complete dental school plus at least three additional years of advanced training and education at a CODA accredited institution. The ADA defines prosthodontics as the dental specialty related to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth or oral and maxillofacial tissues that use biocompatible substitutes.
Prosthodontists are experts in restoring and replacing teeth using a variety of treatments such as crowns, bridges, implants, dentures and veneers. They also specialize in treating complex cases such as those involving facial trauma or congenital defects. Prosthodontists are highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry and can help patients achieve a beautiful smile. If you are looking for a dentist who specializes in prosthodontics, it is important to find one who is certified by the ADA.
This ensures that they have received the necessary training and education to provide you with quality care. It is also important to find a prosthodontist who is experienced in treating your particular condition.