Q. What is a prosthodontist?
A. A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive two to three years of additional education after dental school in a program accredited by the American Dental Association based either at a hospital or a university.
Q. What is a Board Certified Prosthodontist?
A. A Board Certified Prosthodontist has successfully completed extensive examinations by the American Board of Prosthodontics, the only prosthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association. These examinations involve written and oral examinations in prosthodontic theory and literature, the presentation of different patient treatments, and patient clinical treatment under examination. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, the prosthodontist must successfully complete a re-certification examination every eight years, and provide proof of continuing prosthodontic education on an annual basis.
Q. Is a prosthodontist different from a “cosmetic dentist”?
A. The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, and the ADA does not include “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialty. Prosthodontists receive extensive training and experience in dental esthetics and cosmetics during their graduate programs. Many general dentists receive training in cosmetic dentistry during seminars, or a series of courses, usually limited to weekend, or possibly weeklong courses.