What is “Prosthodontics”? What is a “Prosthodontist”?

A general dentist is a dentist who has completed four years of postgraduate dental school and has a DMD or DDS degree.

After obtaining a DMD or DDS degree, a general dentist who completes a residency in a concentrated field is now considered a specialist. Specialists undergo 2-6 years of additional training after dental school to gain advanced knowledge and skill in their specific field.

The American Dental Association (ADA) currently recognizes nine dental specialties:

  1. Dental Public Health
  2. Endodontics
  3. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  4. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  5. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  6. Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  7. Pediatric Dentistry
  8. Periodontics
  9. Prosthodontics

A prosthodontist undergoes three additional years of training and specializes in the replacement of missing teeth—whether missing all teeth (dentures, overdentures, hybrids), a few teeth (bridges), or just one single tooth (fillings, crowns, and implants). Prosthodontists are highly trained in treatment planning—they can envision the result and determine a detailed plan in getting to the desired result.

Whether you’re missing one, a few, or all of your teeth, Dr. Christine Lee can walk you through your options. By consulting with a specialist, you can be assured of getting the most pertinent, up-to-date information to guide your decision on how to proceed. Your teeth are an important investment—both in how you function, and in how approach the world. Dr. Lee can help you in making the best decisions for you and your family in getting you your beautiful, healthy smile.

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