What is a Prosthodontist and other FAQs

What is a Prosthodontist and other Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly our patients ask What is a Prosthodontist or if they need a referral to see one. Here are some answers for you.

What is a Prosthodontist?

A Prosthodontist is a dentist Specialized in Implant, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry. To become a Prosthodontist, a dentist has to pursue three additional years of full time clinical training in a school setting. Georgia Prosthodontics is the only dental office in Atlanta area with two Prosthodontists trained in Full mouth Reconstruction, Dental implants, Cosmetic Dentistry and TMJ management. Click here to meet your team of Smile Specialists today.

What is Prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. It is the art to replace missing teeth by prosthetics means, including Implant Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation.

The maximum authority on Prosthodontics is the American Board of Prosthodontics, which is an organization of experts in the field that recognizes and certifies the specialists in Prosthodontics.

What is a Board Certified Prosthodontist?

Additionally to the National and Regional dental boards common to every dentist, a Prosthodontist becomes eligible for board certification upon completion of his/her training in Prosthodontics. A Board Certification is a rigurous process that involves four stages, including oral and written examinations about Dental implants, Complete and Removable Implant dentures, Full Mouth Reconstruction and Cosmetic Dentistry from cases actually performed by the candidate. Dr Castro is a the only Board Certified Prosthodontist in Georgia, with a surgical training in Implant Dentistry. Learn more about a Board Certified Prosthodontist.

Who needs a Prosthodontist?

If you are looking for the highest standard of care, are missing one or more teeth, have problems with the appearance of your smile, have complex dental problems or need help with TMJ problems, then you are better served by a Prosthodontist.

How is a Prosthodontist different than my regular dentist?

Although typically your general dentist is a great help treating overall dental conditions, more advanced cases require an expert training. That includes high esthetics or cosmetic requirements, implant dentistry, implant dentures, implant bridges or full mouth reconstruction. If you general dentist offers a complete mouth reconstruction, he may be going beyond his scope of clinical training. Verify credentials and expertise before proceeding with actual treatment and feel free to obtain a second opinion. See how to choose a dentist from our blog.

Is my cosmetic dentist a Prosthodontist?

Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty per se, it is rather a branch of Prosthodontics. Prosthodontists are the only dental specialists with extensive clinical training in cosmetic dentistry. General dentists may pursue advanced education and hands on courses, not in a clinical environment and some get to develop a great set of skills in cosmetic dentistry.

Do I need a referral to see a Prosthodontist?

No, you do not need a referral to see a Prosthodontist. Simply call to make an appointment.

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