What is a Prosthodontist?

What is a Prosthodontist?


Dr. Cunningham:  Prosthodontists.

What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth who have completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced training and education in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. 

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.

Extensive training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacements. Serving as the architect of a dental treatment plan, a prosthodontist collaborates with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.

Prosthodontists provide an extremely high level of care to patients with missing teeth, or having significant damage to their existing teeth. Prosthodontists work with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and neglect.

The prosthodontist designs and creates a dental prosthesis to replicate a natural tooth for harmonious chewing function with the other teeth.

Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structure and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.

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