What is a Prosthodontist
Why a Prosthodontist?
As our population ages, the role of the prosthodontist becomes critical in maintaining a high standard of dental care. Prosthodontists are trained to do the type of procedures that our aging population needs to provide optimum function and esthetics for their dental condition.
A Prosthodontist is a fully trained specialist in Prosthetic Dentistry. This specialty is one of eight dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The typical prosthodontic training includes four years of dental school and three years of prosthodontic training in areas of dentistry that include crowns, bridges, dentures, cosmetics, temporomandibular joint function and dental implants.
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. The Prosthodontist can aid in the rehabilitation of a complete dentition or merely in the replacement of one or two teeth. With the advent of dental implants as a viable means of replacing teeth, the prosthodontist’s role has expanded substantially. The prosthodontist can supply the control and expertise that is necessary to make an implant supported restoration look and function properly.