Our team of doctors at the Dental & TMJ Specialists of Greater DC, are highly respected specialists who are recognized by the National Commission in Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards as well as by the American Dental Association (ADA), representing the specialty fields of Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
All have obtained their Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree from four-year dental graduate programs. However, as certified specialists, they continued their academics for an additional three years having studied complex clinical cases, cutting-edge treatments and participated in fellowships at institutions that are accredited by the ADA in their respected fields of dentistry.
What is a Prosthodontist?
A Prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in implants, simple to complex dental restorations, jaw and orofacial pain and the replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists commonly partner or are referred by other dental fields such as orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, general dentists, oral surgeons, and pediatric dentists when determining the best course of treatment for the patient.
Prosthodontists are certified specialists that receive three years of additional training after receiving either their Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree programs accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). This advanced training requires extensive clinical hours, lectures, research and published documents in the field of Prosthodontics. Clinically, a vast amount of concentration is directed towards the treatment of patients whose procedures are simple to complex and require a higher degree of in-depth precision and knowledge.
Board Certified Prosthodontists
Our team of Prosthodontists and Maxillofacial Prosthodontists are Board Certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics. The mission of this highly esteemed organization is to certify individuals who have demonstrated special knowledge and skills in prosthodontics. The Board also seeks to certify those who are committed to life-long learning and a lifetime of ethical practices, who value the doctor/patient relationship, and who are committed to the advancement of prosthodontics.
The Board recognizes its duty to the profession as well as to the public and accepts this responsibility through the administration of an examination. This highly technical exam is designed to identify individuals with the knowledge, skills, and attributes deemed important to those who will be called Diplomates of the American Board of Prosthodontics.
What Are the Specialty Areas Served
by a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists are the specialists in dental rehabilitation and have mastered the art of natural-looking, well-fitted teeth including crowns, bridges, veneers, removable partial denture, dentures, and dental implants. Prosthodontists have also received advanced training in Temporomandibular joint disorder, better known as TMJ, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structure and congenital or birth anomalies in the oral cavity. Prosthodontists are also specialists in fabricating oral appliances that better assist with snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, oral cancer reconstruction, and continuing care.
Is a Prosthodontist Different From a Cosmetic Dentist?
Yes. Prosthodontics is recognized as an official dental specialty with the American Dental Association (ADA) whereas cosmetic dentistry is not. Prosthodontists receive extensive training and experience in dental esthetics (including cosmetic dentistry) during their graduate programs which currently require three years.