Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American and Canadian Dental Associations. While General Dentists are trained to do most of the procedures of everyday dentistry, it is the Certified Specialists, including Prosthodontists, who are trained to provide an elevated standard of care and to treat more difficult cases or in some cases treat more discriminating patients.

A Prosthodontist can provide an extremely high level of care for patients who are missing teeth or have sustained significant damage to their existing teeth. Prosthodontists also deal with congenital defects as well as with problems arising from trauma or neglect. A Prosthodontist can aid in the rehabilitation of a complete dentition or merely in the replacement of one or two teeth. With the advent of dental implants as a viable means of replacing teeth, the Prosthodontist’s role has expanded significantly into this area, providing services such as; evaluating baseline conditions, instituting start to finish treatment planning and making the final delivery of implant-based restorations. Some Prosthodontists have also taken on extra surgical training and additionally are able to perform the surgical aspects of installing dental implants.

A Prosthodontist will usually treat the more difficult dental problems for people who are missing many teeth or have significant functional or esthetic problems. Many general dentist practitioners are quite capable of handling basic crown and bridge procedures or providing dentures to replace missing teeth. However, when it comes to restoring extensive areas or the entire mouth, the Prosthodontist is called on for these more difficult and complex types of dental treatments.