Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Upon receiving his DDS degree, Dr. Cunningham served in the US Air Force Dental Corps for 2 years before returning to Central Ohio to practice general dentistry and teach clinical dentistry at OSU. He then entered a residency program at OSU in the dental specialty of Prosthodontics. Upon completion of the program, Dr. Cunningham continued his private practice with emphasis on Implant Prosthodontics, Advanced Restorative, and Cosmetic Procedures.
What is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed a three-year specialty program after earning a DDS degree. During specialty training, the dentist spends 100% of his time mastering prosthodontic skills and treating patients. Prosthodontics is one of the nine specialties in dentistry. As the name implies, a prosthodontist is highly skilled at creating a dental prosthesis to replace or reconstruct missing or severely damaged teeth. Dental implants are widely used by a prosthodontist. Implants are the foundation for many types of dental prostheses; crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. The prosthodontist designs and creates a dental prosthesis to replicate a natural tooth for harmonious chewing function with the other teeth. This specialty also encompasses artistry through the prosthodontist’s attention to cosmetic detail. A prosthodontist is the most highly trained and skilled dentist for creating beautiful, natural looking teeth, or a complete smile makeover. The end result of the treatment is a more beautiful smile than the patient has ever had. Prosthodontics is a very complex type of dentistry but the outcomes are life-changing for the patient.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry is not one of the nine specialties in dentistry. Dentists might take a class or series of classes in techniques for improving cosmetic results, but it is not required. Any dentist may call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist without training beyond dental school. There is a wide range of skill levels among dentists who market themselves as cosmetic dentists. For more consistent and predictable outcomes of cosmetic dental treatments, seek a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist will have the training and experience to create a beautiful smile or the smile makeover that you desire.
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