What Does a Prosthodontist Do?

A prosthodontist is a highly trained dental specialist who focuses on restoring and replacing lost or damaged teeth with artificial devices. They are experts in dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, jaw disorders, and more. Prosthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with missing teeth and other complex dental and facial issues. The American College of Prosthodontists is the organization of dentists with advanced specialized training in this field.

They are responsible for creating optimal oral health, both in function and appearance, including dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns and teeth whitening. Prosthodontists are recognized by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). When complex dental work is needed, they supervise and coordinate a team of dental specialists to provide treatments for the patient's overall program. To manage these patient needs, prosthodontists collaborate with all members of the dental team, including other specialty colleagues, general dentists, dental hygienists and laboratory technicians.

They design the implant for the patient but may transfer the actual surgical procedure to another specialist.