What is a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontics, also known as Prosthetic Dentistry, is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and oral health of dental patients. Prosthodontics is one of the nine recognized specialties of the American Dental Association.
A Prosthodontist is a dental specialist with advanced training in restoring natural teeth and replacing missing teeth. This specialist receives 3 years of additional training after dental school in order to become an expert in advanced dental restoration and rehabilitation techniques.
The clinical procedures performed by a prosthodontist include:
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental implant restorations
- Temporomandibular joint related problems (TMD)
- Congenital oral defects
- Traumatic oral injuries
- Bite and occlusion problems
- Full mouth restoration