What is a Prosthodontist?



Prosthodontist is a dental specialist who specializes in aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth to their proper form and function. A prosthodontist is required to complete a minimum of 3 years of full-time advanced postgraduate training at an ADA-accredited prosthodontic program beyond the 4 years of dental school.

Prosthodontists go through an extensive, highly focused, and comprehensive training in dental implantscosmetic procedures, replacement of multiple missing or broken down tooth or jaw structures, smile makeoversfull-mouth rehabilitationsurgical treatment, and much more. They handle a vast variety of cases: from single tooth restorations to complex cases that require attention to detail and high-quality comprehensive solution.


This is a sub- or super-specialty of prosthodontics. It requires a minimum of 1 year of full-time training beyond the 7 years of dental school and prosthodontic residency. Prosthodontists that have undergone a fellowship in oral and maxillofacial prosthodontics are trained to restore beyond the teeth and mouth area.

They will work with other specialties in the medical and dental field to help patients in restoring parts of their head and neck areas lost to congenital defects, cancer, trauma, or any other pathology.


The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means of teeth. Prosthodontics is an ADA-recognized dental specialty that requires a minimum of 3 years of full-time training after completion of 4 to 5 years of dental school. The three-year postgraduate residency includes classroom lectures, literature reviews, seminars, research projects, laboratory training, and clinical training in all aspects of dental health and restoration.

Prosthodontists are essentially the experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth: a single tooth, multiple teeth, gums, jaw structure, and in some cases prostheses such as eyes, ears, etc.

Prosthodontists are regarded as the quarterback of dental treatment plans. They regularly take the lead in teams made up of general dentists, and other specialists and health professionals to develop multi-specialty treatments for your dental needs.


Just as you would not trust anyone but a cardiologist for your heart, you should choose a prosthodontist because of the advanced trainingexperience in surgical and non-surgical restorations and reconstructions, and expertise with advanced technology and materials. This specialist’s entire focus of practice is in treating complex dental conditions.

Intense training gives a prosthodontist the experience and special understanding in cosmetics and restorative procedures that will go a long way toward keeping a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

What our patients are saying 
Dr. Raina has been an outstanding orthodontist for me! I needed upper and lower braces as an adult and she made the entire process a fantastic experience! The entire office staff is so kind, patient, and personable! Another plus is having my dentist, Dr. Nodesh, in the same office so cleanings and routine dental checkups could overlap on the same day as orthodontic appointments.
Rhonda J
I’ve been going here for nearly 35 years, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. The staff is very professional and friendly.
Will H.
Very friendly and collegial staff. Dr. Nodesh was very kind and explained me my treatment plan in detail. Highly recommended
Shilpa D
 Best most thorough and least pain giving dentist I’ve ever experienced. I am 74 years old, blessed with excellent teeth and am particular about them. The office is equipped with the latest medical equipment and accessories. If you are in the market for a new dentist, this is the place. 
Amos A.
Dr. Nodesh and his staff are great. I have never had a dentist who is more meticulous and committed to making sure everything is done correctly and looks great. Thanks Doc
Dorri K.
"I have been a long time patient of Beaches Dentistry. I HIGHLY recommend this practice. My experience includes both routine cleaning and checkups..."
"So kind, endlessly chatty (which I love), intelligent, funny, and engaging. They obviously love their jobs! And their attitude is infectious."
Win C.
"Dr Nodesh at Beaches Dentistry is amazing! He explains the treatment plan clearly and answers all questions before he commences. Never in a rush."
Nasrin R.
"I could not be happier thus far with my past 3 visits to Beaches Dental. Dr Nodesh has a relaxed, yet professional bedside manner."
Alicia C.

Our Location


Beaches Dentistry - Prosthodontics & Orthodontics

324 3rd Ave N,
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday: Select Fridays ( Appointment times Vary )