Park Avenue Prosthodontics

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Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics, also known as prosthetic dentistry is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontics is the specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, a prosthodontist is a dentist who:
  1. Specializes in the esthetic (cosmetic) restoration and replacement of teeth.
  2. Restores optimum appearance and function to your smile.
  3. Receives 3-4 years of additional training after dental school.
The treatment planning and restoration of implants, TMJ disorder, and rehabilitation of occlusion with prostheses all fall under the field of prosthodontics. Prosthodontics is the only dental specialty under which the concentration of cosmetic/esthetic dentistry falls.

General dentists may perform some simple cosmetic procedures. However, when it comes to “smile makeovers” or complex cosmetic and full mouth reconstruction cases, a prosthodontist should be consulted. Likewise, the restoration of dental implants should be handled by a prosthodontist as they have the advanced training and experience in this field.

There are only 3200 prosthodontists in comparison to 170,000 general dentists in the United States.
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