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It has come to my attention that many local general dentists are marketing themselves as cosmetic and reconstructive specialists.
Many of these general dentists have only attended post graduate "institutes" and "seminars."
Prosthodontics is one of the 9 specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in prosthodontics, the specialty of implant, esthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration of oral function by creating prostheses and restorations (i.e., complete dentures, crowns, implant retained/supported restorations). Cosmetic dentistry, implants and joint problems all fall under the field of prosthodontics.
The American College of Prosthodontists ensures standards are maintained in the field. Becoming a prosthodontist requires an additional 3 years of specialty training after obtaining a dental degree. Training consists of rigorous preparation in head and neck anatomy, materials science, esthetics, and occlusion (bite). Due to this extensive training, prosthodontists are frequently called upon to treat complex cosmetic cases, full mouth reconstructions, TMJ related disorders and congenital disorders by planning and fabricating various prostheses.
Dr. Zach - Prosthodontist