What is a Prosthodontist?

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 implants, cosmetic procedures, replacement of multiple missing or broken down tooth or jaw structures, smile makeovers, full-mouth rehabilitation, surgical 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.

What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Prosthodontist?

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.

How is a prosthodontist different from other dentists and dental specialists?

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.

Why choose a prosthodontist?

Just as you would not trust anyone but a cardiologist for your heart, you should choose a prosthodontist because of the advanced training, experience 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

“I initially sought Dr. Nodesh for his specialty and advanced experience in prosthodontics. Dr. Nodesh, along with his entire staff, has been incredibly helpful and thorough in responding to all my questions and concerns in developing a treatment plan. This practice has completely exceeded my expectations! I see Dr. Nodesh and staff for all general dentistry concerns as well and I recently had a wonderful cleaning visit! I’d also like to note that the front desk is composed of two of the most delightful women I have ever met!” Krista Read More “Dr. Raina is absolutely amazing! She is professional, compassionate, and just so friendly and pleasant. She made the 'braces experience' wonderful for my son and her confidence gives me every confidence!! Dr. Raina explains her decisions for treatment and your child's progress every step of the way. She's the best and my family loves her!” Kacie & Drake Read More “I don’t have to smile with my mouth closed anymore! Dr Nodesh’s expertise at Beaches Dentistry made me smile big again. I’m so happy to have a healthy smile. He truly cares about his patients and their needs. I highly recommend Dr. Nodesh. He is gentle, patient, trusting, and positive, & has a wonderful staff, especially my hygienist of many years, Anethette.” Esther Read More “CAN'T say enough about what a great experience I've had, and continue to have, with Dr. Nodesh and all the girls at Beaches Dentistry. If anyone out there needs a dentist that's kind, gentle, and very caring, this is the dentist for you! Thank you Dr. Nodesh and staff!” Sylvia Read More “We have had only positive experiences with Dr. Raina. She is excellent with children and has a way to make everyone feel comfortable. She explains each part of the process clearly and lets you have an informed decision in your treatment plan. I would recommend anyone to her, and if any of my other children need braces, I wouldn't even look someplace else. We feel so blessed to have Dr. Raina as part of this community.” Rassoull Read More “Dr. Nodesh and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. I’m very impressed with the up-to-date technology and procedures. The office is very clean, decorated professionally, and gives a warm home effect. I would highly recommend this dentist office.” Shelly Read More “I love Dr. Nodesh’s 'bedside' manner. I feel very cared for when I visit. The hygienist is conscientious of my time, the front staff makes me feel like family, and they have the latest technology making dental care much more advanced. Great place!” Wendy Read More “Dr. Raina is a wonderful professional. She made my son and myself feel not only as a patient but as a family. She always gave us a smile and made every appointment with her a great experience. She did a good job with my son's braces and made us enjoy the journey with confidence. We are going to miss Dr. Raina.” Anonymous Read More “I highly recommend Dr. Nodesh. He recently handled a dental emergency that required an implant. I was pleased with the way he answered all of my questions, provided information about my options, and most importantly, with the skill with which he handled the procedures from start to finish. I appreciate that he makes the time to communicate not only during the office visit but with followup.” Victoria Read More
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