A prosthodontist is a dentist who has received an additional 3 years of specialized training accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). Prosthodontists offer a variety of services, from simple to full mouth restorations and full mouth rehabilitation. Prosthodontists may also offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments to help you maintain a healthy oral environment, including veneers, implants, inlays, and onlays. Prosthodontists often lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and health professionals from other medical disciplines in researching solutions to dental problems and needs, and in carrying out an effective treatment plan.
Prosthodontics focuses on the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with conditions involving missing or deficient teeth or oral tissues. It may involve replacing missing teeth or restoring damaged teeth to improve and restore the way that your teeth and smile look and function.
The goal of prosthodontics is to replace or restore a tooth so that it is both functional and aesthetically appealing. Prosthodontists also frequently attend to the needs of geriatric patients, children born with genetic facial defects (such as a cleft palate or missing teeth), patients who need rehabilitation following a traumatic injury, or patients with TMJ disorders.