Is a prosthodontist different from a “Cosmetic Dentist”?
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 which currently last three years. Many cosmetic dentists receive training during seminars or a series of courses, but this training is usually limited to a weekend or possibly weeklong courses.
Will the Prosthodontist complete all of my required treatment?
The Prosthodontist is best known as the “Architect” of your dental project. They have the vision of your outcome, both the aesthetics of your smile and the improved function of your bite. Often other dental specialists may participate in your treatment to help establish a solid foundation for your restorations. Every prosthodontist develops a custom treatment plan for each patient and will, therefore, determine if adjunctive procedures by another doctor are necessary.
Who is a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive two or three years of additional training after dental school and restore optimum appearance and function to your smile. This extra training is in a hospital- or university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association. The training includes reviews of the literature, lectures, treatment of patients and laboratory experience in fabricating restorations. These dentists can restore optimum function and appearance to your smile.