What is a Prosthodontist
Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA)
A Prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in prosthodontics, the specialty of implant, esthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Prosthodontist specialize in the restoration of oral function by creating prostheses and restorations (i.e. Complete dentures, crowns, implant retained/supported restorations). Cosmetic dentistry, implants and joint problems are all specialties which are included in the field of prosthodontics.
The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) ensures standards are maintained in the field. Becoming a prosthodontist requires an additional 3-4 years of specialty training after obtaining a dental degree (D.D.S. or D.M.D.) in an ADA approved program, which allows the holder to practice as a general dentist. The extra 3-4 years of residency leads to becoming a specialist. This amounts to an immense amount of time spent in clinical and didactic study from 3000 hours over 3 years in a British program to 7000 hours over the same period in US accredited programs. Due to this extensive training, prosthodontist are frequently called upon to treat cosmetic cases, full mouth implant reconstructions, TMD related disorders, congenital disorders, and sleep disorders by planning and fabricating various prostheses and orthotic appliances.