What is Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist, recognized by the American Dental Association. Dental specialties are recognized by the ADA to protect the public, nurture the art and science of dentistry, and improve the quality of care.
- As one of only nine recognized specialties of the American Dental Association, prosthodontists specialize in the restoration of oral function with an emphasis on esthetic and reconstructive dentistry.
- Prosthodontists’ training includes at least 3-5 years of post-dental school graduation training and education. There are 48 postgraduate training programs in the U.S. and Canada with more than 500 prosthodontic residents. There are more than 140 graduates annually from combined program
- There are approximately 3,450 (ADA 2009) prosthodontists in America; 74 percent of these dental specialists are members of the College.
- Prosthodontists provide dental services to more than 1.1 million patients each year in the United States and expend in excess of $1.8 billion on goods and services annually.
Why see a Prosthodontist?
- You are concerned about the quality of your dental care.
- You need a dentist who can restore optimal appearance and function to your smile.
- You need a dentist with advanced training in esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.
Additional training for prosthodontists is earned through a university or hospital-based advanced education program accredited by the American Dental Association. This specialty education provides knowledge and skills beyond the training of general dentists and includes advanced-level lectures, courses, clinical and laboratory experiences, patient care and scholarly research.
Prosthodontists are proficient in comprehensive oral health diagnosis, treatment planning and restoration. A prosthodontist is the skilled architect who can restore optimal function and appearance to your smile.
Source: American College of Prosthodontists – www.gotoapro.org