Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on replacing or restoring lost or damaged teeth. Common treatments include dentures, dental implants, crowns, and bridges. After graduating from dental school, a prosthodontist receives an additional three years of specialized training in the field. Prosthodontic dentistry typically deals with more serious dental cases, such as jaw surgery, partial dentures, full dentures, and implants. Prosthodontists also diagnose and treat patients with fillings, dentures, crowns, veneers, implants, bridges, splints, night protectors, and cosmetic procedures.
Depending on the case, a prosthodontist can replace or restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, and even damaged gum and jaw tissue. To become a prosthodontist, one must complete three additional years of advanced dental education and training through an ADA-accredited prosthodontic program. This means that prosthodontics is a specialized branch of restorative dentistry and a prosthodontist is a dental specialist.