Why Choose a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists, are specialists in the restoration and replacement of missing teeth with natural-looking, esthetic, and functional replacements.  The Prosthodontist is best viewed as the “architect” when referring to a variety of our patients’ dental needs.  Prosthodontists commonly partner or are referred by other dental fields such as Orthodontists, Periodontists, Endodontists, General dentists, Oral Surgeons and Pediatric dentists when determining the best course of treatment for the patient. 

Prosthodontics is 1 of the 9 dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) along with Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Periodontics.

Prosthodontists, are certified specialists that receive two to three years of additional training after receiving their Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) in a program accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) based either at a hospital or a university.  The training requires, lectures, treatment of patients with more complex treatments and/or a more in-depth knowledge of the care they provide as well as research and publications in the field.

Dental Implant and Restorative Specialists

Prosthodontists, are trained experts in dental rehabilitation and have mastered the art of natural-looking, well-fitted teeth including: crowns; caps; bridges; veneers; removable partial dentures; dentures and dental implants.  Prosthodontists have also received advanced training in Temporomandibular disorder, better known as TMJ; traumatic injured to the mouth’s structures and congenital or birth anomalies to teeth.  Prosthodontists are also specialists in fabricating oral appliances that better assist with snoring; Obstructive Sleep Apnea; oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.


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Is a Prosthodontist different from a cosmetic dentist?

Prosthodontics, is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, (ADA).  Prosthodontists received extensive training and experience in dental aesthetics (including cosmetic dentistry) during their graduate programs which currently requires three years.