What is the difference between orthodontist and prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists and orthodontists sometimes see themselves as two sides of the same dental coin. It has been said that orthodontists treat problem teeth that exist, while prosthodontists treat problematic teeth that no longer exist. General dentists, orthodontists and prosthodontists share very similar skills, but there is a key difference. After graduating from dental school, two of them undergo additional specialized training for 3 to 5 years.

As a result, they are experts in a more limited area of dentistry. Unlike general dentists, prosthodontists specialize in repairing natural teeth and replacing missing teeth. Missing and extracted (extracted) teeth are replaced by artificial teeth (dentures), dental implants, caps, or crowns. Specially trained prosthodontists also work with people with head and neck deformities, replacing missing parts of the jaw and face.

Prosthodontists have state-of-the-art tools and are constantly trained in the newest forms of treatment. A prosthodontic specialist can also work with children who have missing or severely damaged teeth due to genetics or poor dental care. Orthodontists and prosthodontists are dentists, but they are also dental specialists, and have received 3 to 5 years of specialized training after graduating from dental school. Rather than replacing your teeth like a prosthodontist, an orthodontist specializes in working with your teeth.

Most people are already familiar with orthodontists, but they only hear about prosthodontists while in the dentist's chair.