What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist specializes in prosthodontics, one of only nine recognized specialties of the American Dental Association (ADA). Their focus is the cosmetic restoration and replacement of teeth.

When would you need the care of a prosthodontist?

You need see a prosthodontist if:

  • • You are missing one or more teeth.
  • • You are interested in dental implants.
  • • You wear either full-mouth or partial dentures.
  • • You want to improve the esthetics of your smile.


How is a prosthodontist different from other dentists and dental specialists?

Breaking it down- “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Essentially, prosthodontists are THE recognized experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, a few teeth, or all the teeth and gums in the mouth! While many other dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists are specially trained and dedicated to this type of care.

Prosthodontists’ have attended at least 3-5 years of additional training and education after graduating from dental school. They have a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.

Ok, but what do they DO?


With their advanced training, prosthodontists can improve your appearance by fixing broken, discolored or misshapen teeth and associated structures. The most common cosmetic procedures include:

  • • Placing complete ceramic esthetic crowns or “caps” onto teeth
  • • Placing veneers onto teeth to conceal defects
  • • Using bonding technology on a tooth’s surface to change its shape or to close unwanted gaps
  • • Bleaching discolored teeth to brighten and whiten a smile.
  • • Complex care management involving multiple specialists
  • • Complete and removable partial dentures
  • • Replacing lost teeth
  • • Special needs of geriatric patients
  • • Children born with cleft palate or missing teeth
  • • Temporomandibular joint syndrome/disorder
  • • Traumatic injuries
  • • Snoring and sleep disorders


What other ailments are prosthodontists trained to treat?


Prosthodontists are trained to manage the most complex dental restorations. From patients requiring rehabilitation after a traumatic injury to creating new smiles for those born with genetic facial deficits, prosthodontists have the special skills needed to restore smiles to the best they can be. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs. Prosthodontists also understand patients’ unique needs such as:

  • • Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
  • TMD, TMJ or other jaw joint problems
  • • Traumatic injuries
  • • Snoring and sleep disorders
  • • Cleft palate and other congenital conditions that affect the mouth.


Whether you need to replace one tooth or many, a prosthodontist will work with you through every step of dental implant treatment, from an initial consultation through follow-up care.

Posted: Wednesday August 26, 2015