What makes a Prosthodontist different than a dentist?

Prosthodontist. The word doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue (no pun intended). So, what does it mean?

There are nine types of dental specialization recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontics is the area that focuses on the design, manufacture and fitting of prosthetic replacements for teeth or other parts of the mouth. This includes dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures and other forms of dental prosthetics.

Prosthodontists differ from your family dentist in that they have a greater depth of expertise in tooth reconstruction. Specialization in this field requires an extra three years of postgraduate training after they obtain their DDS. There are only 3,200 prosthodontists in the US, compared to 170,000 general dentists.

Prosthodontists treat a wide range of patients. Theirs is the area of specialization under which cosmetic / aesthetic dentistry falls. It also applies to patients in need of extensive reconstruction due to accidents, illness, TMJ-related disorders or advanced deterioration.

With over 50 years of advanced education and combined experience, Palm Beach Dental Specialists frequently collaborate with patients and their family dentists when there is a need for highly-specialized reconstructive expertise. Out-of-state dentists often consult with the PBDS team when the advice of a specialist is called for, and patients often are sent to Palm Beach for more complex procedures.

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