What is Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics, one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), is a branch of dentistry that focuses on treatment using appliances that replace missing teeth and sometimes other structures of the mouth or parts of the face. Prosthodontics helps restore the natural function of your mouth.
Patients who have lost their teeth or whose teeth have become damaged can greatly benefit from the care of a prosthodontist.
Prosthodontists can sometimes reverse congenital defects and the long-term effects of oral neglect and trauma.
Prosthodontists are capable of performing a wide variety of complex procedures, including:
- Complete and partial dentures (fixed and removable)
- Reconstruction following oral cancer surgery
- Correcting snoring or sleep disorders such as sleep apnea
- Jaw and jaw joint problems
- Treating traumatic injuries to the mouth
After completing dental school, a prosthodontist typically undergoes three additional years of advanced training and education in a prosthodontic education program accredited by the American Dental Association.