The Specialty of Prosthodontics Defined

Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Out of approximately 150,000 dentists nationwide, only 4000 or 2.7 % are Prosthodontists. It is the only specialty combining advanced knowledge in cosmetic, reconstructive, and implant dentistry.

A Prosthodontist completes three years of additional training in an ADA accredited post-doctoral program after earning a dental degree. In addition to an extensive clinical education, this training features an in-depth study of dental materials and related sciences, hands-on experience with all laboratory procedures, and collaboration with other dental specialists and medical colleagues. In these scenarios, the Prosthodontist becomes the architect for multi-disciplinary treatment planning and care. This scope of experience and educational focus distinguishes the Prosthodontist as the authority in the creation of tooth replacements that fit precisely, function optimally, and are biologically compatible.