What is a Prosthodontist
A prosthodontist is an expert in the restoration and replacement of teeth - a prosthodontist make smiles look beautiful and function the way they should. After completing four years of dental school, prosthodontists receive an extra three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA.
The American College of Prosthodontists website describes this best by stating, “Extensive training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacements. Serving as the architect of a dental treatment plan, a prosthodontist collaborates with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.”
“Prosthodontists provide an extremely high level of care to patients with missing teeth, or having significant damage to their existing teeth. Prosthodontists work with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and neglect.”
Prosthodontists understand patients’ unique needs such as:
• Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
• TMD, TMJ or other jaw joint problems
• Traumatic injuries
• Snoring and sleep disorders
• Cleft palate and other congenital conditions that affect the mouth.