Do you know if your cosmetic dentist is a prosthodontist?  Ask.

The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry or implantology as dental specialties. 

The following nine areas of dentistry are the only official ADA recognized specialties:  Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

According to the American Dental Association(ADA), prosthodontics is defined as” the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. (Adopted April 2003)

Dentists who advertise as cosmetic dentists or implantologists may not have any additional formal training beyond four years of dental school.  In fact, continuing education in ‘cosmetic/implant dentistry’ is largely unregulated. Patients should understand that there is a significant difference between residency trained specialists and dentists who have taken a weekend course on reconstructive dental work.

Prosthodontists receive at least 3 years of additional training in an ADA accredited hospital or university-based program after graduating from dental school.  Postgraduate prosthodontic programs include literature reviews, lectures, extensive clinical training and rigorous hands-on laboratory experience.

Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of teeth.  Treatment can range from replacing a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of the teeth in the mouth.  They are the architects of your smile and often the ‘quarterback’ of your dental treatment plan, coordinating with your general dentist and other specialists to achieve optimal outcomes for your unique dental needs. While many dentists can do some of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists trained for restoration and replacement of your teeth.  Because of their extensive training, prosthodontists can advise you of all of your options when it comes to tooth replacement, including the most complex full-mouth reconstruction cases!

Dr. Gulbransen and Dr.Recksiedler are both residency trained prosthodontists and would be happy to perform a thorough examination and advise you of your dental options.  Give our office a call at 619-463-3773 or click here.

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