What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of oral function and appearance of patients with missing or damaged teeth. Prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth, including the use of dental implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, and other dental appliances.

Prosthodontists are highly trained and skilled professionals who have completed an additional three years of advanced training beyond dental school in an accredited prosthodontic program. They have extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of oral function, dental materials, and dental laboratory procedures.

Prosthodontists work closely with other dental specialists, including oral surgeons, periodontists, and endodontists, to provide comprehensive dental care for their patients. They also collaborate with general dentists to help plan and implement complex dental treatment plans.

If you have missing or damaged teeth, or if you are experiencing problems with your bite or oral function, a prosthodontist can help you restore your smile and improve your quality of life.

A board certified prosthodontist is a prosthodontist who has successfully completed an additional examination process beyond their required prosthodontic training. This examination is conducted by the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP), which is the only recognized board certification in the field of prosthodontics in the United States.

To become board certified, a prosthodontist must meet strict eligibility criteria, which includes a minimum of two years of practice experience in prosthodontics and the submission of case reports demonstrating clinical proficiency. Once these requirements are met, the prosthodontist must pass a comprehensive written and oral examination administered by the ABP.

Board certification in prosthodontics demonstrates a prosthodontist’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of clinical excellence and proficiency in the field of prosthodontics. It is a mark of distinction that signifies a prosthodontist has met rigorous standards in education, training, and clinical practice, and has demonstrated exceptional knowledge and skill in the specialty.

Call our office and schedule your appointment. Dr. Hervas is a board certified prosthodontist ready to help with your complex case. 

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