Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of oral function, comfort, aesthetics, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.
As dental specialists, prosthodontists attend university and gain admission to dental school. Following completion of their dental degree, usually requiring 4 years, they undertake a residency which is advanced specialty training for three or more years or longer and may require completion of a master of science. This intensive training readies them to be in a coordinator position for dental treatment because of the ability to have perspective on treatment options and treatment that combine appearance, function and health.
For more information about prosthodontics please visit the following sites:
Association of Prosthodontist of Canada: www.prosthodontics.ca
The British Society of Prosthodontics: www.bsspd.co.uk
The American Prosthodontic Society: www.prostho.org