Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American and Canadian Dental Associations. Prosthodontists have extended training in areas of restorative dentistry that include crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, cosmetics, facial and dental birth developmental defects, and jaw dysfuctions including temporomandibular joint dysfuntions. Prosthodontists are also trained in the hands-on technical aspects of laboratory fabrication of complex dental prosthetics and complex restoration of dental and facial esthetics.

Training requirements for today’s Prosthodontists are very strict and are standardized throughout the country by a National Examining Board, the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dentists from all over the world compete to get into training programs that are offered in Canada or in the United States. Prosthodontic post-graduate programs are usually very small, (two to six students), expensive to take and are extremely difficult to get accepted into. After graduating in general dentistry, it is a requirement to successfully complete three to four years of Prosthodontic Specialty training.

FellowshipRCD-croppedIn Canada, candidates must also pass the scrutiny examinations of the Royal College of Dentist of Canada before provincial regulatory bodies will accept them and license them as Certified Specialists. Presently, there are still some Prosthodontists who had “grandfathered” the qualifications to sit the examination process as they practiced at a specialty level before accredited university graduate programmes were in place. All proven Prosthodontists will have the “Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics” designation.