What is Prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). It is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prosthetics. The ADA has defined Prosthodontics as “the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.”

What is a Prosthodontist?

A Prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed dental school plus a 3-year specialty education program in Advanced Prosthodontics. The program comprises a rigorous and extensive training in state-of-the art restorative treatments, dental prostheses (i.e. crowns, bridges, dentures), dental implants, smile aesthetics, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), and more.

Prosthodontists are the recognized experts in treating diverse and complex dental conditions, such as multiple missing teeth, complete edentulism, TMD-jaw joint problems, worn dentition, traumatic injuries of teeth and mouth structures, congenital anomalies of teeth, sleep disorders and oral cancer defects.

Known as the architects of restorative treatments, prosthodontists work closely with general dentists and other specialists to provide predictable and viable restorative treatments of the teeth and the mouth, aiming to optimum health, function and aesthetics.

Why see a Prosthodontist?

  • You are concerned about the quality of your dental care.

  • You are seeking a specialist’s opinion.

  • You wish to improve your smile appearance.

  • Your treatment requires the comprehensive care of several dental specialists.

  • You need a dentist with advanced training in aesthetic restoration and teeth replacement.

  • You have missing teeth and/or significantly damaged or worn teeth.

  • You are interested in dental implant treatment.

  • You wear removable partial or complete dentures.

  • You experience any of the following: bite problems, grinding and/or clenching of the teeth, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), dry mouth, sleep apnea, cancer related oral problems.