Prosthodontics is one of the 9 specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

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 (ACP) [] 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, congenital disorders, and sleep apnea by planning and fabricating various prostheses. Board certification is awarded through the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) [] and requires successful completion of the Part I written examination and Part 2, 3 and 4 oral examinations. The written and one oral examination may be taken during the 3rd year of speciality training and the remaining two oral examinations taken following completion of speciality training. Board eligibility starts when an application is approved by the ABP and lasts for six years [] . Diplomates of the ABP are required to have a practice limited to prosthodontics. Fellows of the American College of Prosthodontists (FACP) are required to have a dental degree, have completed 3 years of prosthodontic speciality training and be board certified by the ABP.

Maxillofacial prosthetics is a sub-specialty of prosthodontics. Maxillofacial prosthodontists treat patients who have acquired and congenital defects of the head and neck (maxillofacial) region due to surgery, trauma, and/or birth defect. It requires an additional year of training after completing an approved prosthodontic training program. Artificial eyes (see Ocular prosthetic, ears, and maxillary obturators are commonly planned and fabricated by maxillofacial prosthodontists). Other less commonly employed prostheses include mouth devices used by amputees to aid in daily activities, tracheostomy obturators, and craniofacial prosthesis.

External links

* [ American College of Prosthodontists]
* [ American Board of Prosthodontics]
* [ The Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists]
* [ About prosthodontics]
* [ American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics]
* [ American Dental Association]
* [ International College of Prosthodontists]
* [ Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society]
* [ British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry]
* [ Dental Council of India ]

See also

*Fixed prosthodontics
*Dental restoration
*Craniofacial prosthesis

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  • prosthodontics — ☆ prosthodontics [präs΄thədän′shə, präs΄thə dän′shē əpräs΄thə dän′tiks ] n. [ModL: see PROSTHETIC, ODONT, & ICS] the branch of dentistry dealing with the replacement of missing teeth, as by bridges or artificial dentures: also prosthodontia… …   English World dictionary

  • prosthodontics — /pros theuh don tiks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of dentistry that deals with the restoration and maintenance of oral function by the replacement of missing teeth and other oral structures by artificial devices. Also, prosthodontia… …   Universalium

  • prosthodontics — prÉ‘sθə dÉ‘ntɪks / dÉ’n n. prosthodontics, branch of dentistry specializing in replacing missing teeth and oral structures with prosthetic devices …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prosthodontics — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: New Latin prosthodontia, from prosthesis + odontia Date: 1947 prosthetic dentistry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prosthodontics — noun The restoration or replacement of damaged or missing teeth …   Wiktionary

  • prosthodontics — The science of and art of providing suitable substitutes for the coronal portions of teeth, or for one or more lost or missing teeth and their associated parts, in order that impaired function, appearance, comfort, and health of the patient may… …   Medical dictionary

  • prosthodontics — pros·tho·don·tics …   English syllables

  • prosthodontics — prosthetic dentistry; n. the branch of dentistry concerned with the provision of dentures, bridges, and implant retained prostheses …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • prosthodontics — pros•tho•don•tics [[t]ˌprɒs θəˈdɒn tɪks[/t]] also pros•tho•don•tia [[t] ˈdɒn ʃə, ʃi ə[/t]] n. (used with a sing. v.) den the branch of dentistry that deals with the replacement of missing teeth and related oral structures by artificial devices •… …   From formal English to slang

  • prosthodontics — /prɒsθəˈdɒntɪks/ (say prosthuh dontiks) noun the branch of dentistry concerned with the reconstruction and replacement of missing teeth. Also, prosthodontia. {prosth(esis) + odont + ics} –prosthodontist, noun …   Australian-English dictionary

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