What is a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontics is one of only nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). In fact, out of approximately 150,000 dentists nationwide, only 4000, just 2%, are Prosthodontists. It is the only specialty dedicated to esthetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry.
A Prosthodontist completes three years of additional training in an ADA accredited post-doctoral program after earning a dental degree. This is where prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating multiple, diverse, and complex dental conditions. In addition to an extensive clinical education, this training features an in-depth study of dental materials and related sciences, hands-on experience with all laboratory procedures, and collaboration with other dental specialists and medical colleagues. In these scenarios, the Prosthodontist becomes the “architect” for multi-disciplinary treatment planning and care. This scope of experience and educational focus distinguishes the Prosthodontist as the authority in the creation of tooth replacements that fit precisely, function optimally, and are biologically compatible.
While we may serve as the “architect” of a dental treatment plan, we often collaborate with your general dentist and other specialists to facilitate the complete treatment of your condition.
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The Educated Choice
Choosing the dental specialist best qualified to meet your needs can be a confusing task. You probably know that if you need braces, you would visit an orthodontist, or if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, an oral surgeon would be the right choice. When researching Prosthodontists, however, it may seem that their skills overlap with those of general dentists and self-titled “cosmetic dentists”.
While general dentists may offer some of the same services, as specialists in the field of esthetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry, Prosthodontists provide those services at a higher skill level and offer treatment options and customized solutions that are unique to the specialty. Therefore, choosing a Prosthodontist means selecting the person with the appropriate education and experience to care for your dental needs. Isn’t your smile worth a specialist’s care?
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