What Does a Prosthodontist Do?
Unlike general dentists, prosthodontists specialize in repairing natural teeth and replacing missing teeth. Missing and extracted (removed) teeth are replaced with artificial teeth (dentures), dental implants, caps, or crowns.. Specially trained prosthodontists also work with people with head and neck deformities, replacing missing parts of the jaw and face.
Education and Training
Prosthodontists have advanced training in the field of aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth. This training involves completing three additional years of study after dental school and undergraduate school.
The process of becoming a prosthodontist involves completing:
- A bachelor’s degree
- Dental school
- The National Board Dental Examinations to become a licensed Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD)
- A three-year residency and education through an ADA-accredited (approved) prosthodontic graduate program
- An American Board of Prosthodontics certification exam
Reasons to See a Prosthodontist
There are various reasons why you would visit a prosthodontist. It could be due to an accident involving the mouth, a congenital (birth-related) condition, or simply cosmetic reasons. Although many traditional dentists can provide these services as well, prosthodontists are extensively trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating complex dental conditions.
There are a number of services a prosthodontist specializes in, including:
Denture Implant Fit and Placement
Jaw, Sleep, or Snoring Issues
Traumatic Injury Repairs
Oral Cancer Reconstruction
What to Expect at the Prosthodontist
Prosthodontists are considered specialists and you may be referred to one from your general dentist. When you go to your appointment, expect the visit to be different from your routine dental appointments.
You are seeing this type of specialist to deal with an issue that is bothering you about the look or function of your teeth or mouth. Depending on the situation, there are a couple of things involved in the majority of the procedures they perform.