Prosthodontics is one of the nine specialty areas recognized by the American Dental Association. Beyond the four years after college required by dental schools for becoming a general dentist, prosthodontists undergo three additional years of specialty training. During this intensive academic and clinical program, prosthodontists study in depth the complexities of head and neck anatomy, optimal dental function, dental aesthetics and the science of dental materials. They also develop expert skills in the most advanced diagnostic technology and treatment modalities, including dental implants.
Prosthodontists are viewed as authorities in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. With their extensive training they are able to treat the most complex cases involving functional or cosmetic issues; achieving successful and cosmetically pleasing outcomes. Prosthodontists provide a full range of dental services and are often called upon for cases requiring full mouth reconstruction, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, restorative dentistry, as well as procedures to address TMJ disorders, or other facial and dental anomalies.