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
- Specializes in the esthetic (cosmetic)
restoration and replacement of teeth.
- Restores optimum appearance and function
to your smile.
- 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
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.