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What is a Prosthodontist?

What does a prosthodontist do?
A prosthodontist will usually treat the more difficult dental problems such as people who are missing many teeth or have significant functional or aesthetic problems. While the general practitioner is capable of handling most simple crown and bridge procedures to replace and repair missing teeth, when it comes to restoring an entire arch or the whole mouth, the prosthodontist is indicated for this difficult and complex type of dental treatment.
Patients contemplating dental implants or major changes in their appearance should consult with a prosthodontist to assure that they are gaining the best possible care for their dentition. These difficult treatments require the expertise that is only available by a trained prosthodontist.
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Implant Dentistry:
Implant dentistry is one of the most complex aspects of dental treatment and it seems to work best when a skilled restorative dentist is the head of the team. A Prosthodontist has the training necessary to plan and coordinate the very complex type of dental treatment that involves dental implants. Dentistry has learned the hard way that when a well trained restorative dentist is not in charge of these complex treatments, the patient will generally suffer and the resultant treatment will not be satisfactory.
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Training Requirements:
Training requirements for prosthodontics are very strict and standardized throughout the country. Dentist from all over the world compete to get into the training programs that are here in the United states. Prosthodontic programs are usually small and extremely difficult to get into.
Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth. After completing four years of dental school, Prosthodontists receive three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate education program. Prosthodontics is one of the eight dental specialties recognized by the ADA.
Rigorous training and experience provide Prosthodontists with the special understanding of the dynamics of the smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth, and the creation of tooth replacements. Serving as the “architect” of a dental treatment plan, Prosthodontists collaborate with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to your dental concerns.

Cosmetic Dentistry:
All dentistry should look good! Sometimes the sole motivation for dental treatment is to improve one’s appearance. In these situations, the prosthodontist shines as the individual who is really trained to make significant improvements in your appearance and your smile. Prosthodontic training stresses the cosmetic as well as the functional aspects of dental reconstruction…