A prosthodontist is a specialty dentist who has completed dental school and three additional years of training in an Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) – accredited program. Prosthodontists specialize in comprehensive dental care by treating problems involving missing, damaged, decayed or fractured teeth and dental bone structure. Prosthodontists use dental services such as dental prosthetics, crowns and bridges, dental implants, dentures or hybrids to treat their patients.
Some conditions require specialized care, beyond that of a general doctor or dentist. You would not go to your general practitioner for cancer treatment; you would instead seek out an oncologist for specialized care. In the dentistry world, a prosthodontist provides similarly specialized care for conditions that would not be treated by a general dentist.
These cases may include…
Prosthodontists are able to assist patients with a variety of complex dental conditions related to missing or damaged teeth, including chipped or cracked teeth, collapsed bite, missing teeth, and teeth with disease or decay. Moreover, prosthodontists have a deep knowledge of oral bone structure and use advanced dental technology to provide specialized treatment that general dentists or any other dental specialty cannot, such as maxillofacial reconstruction.
During your first visit, you’ll meet a faculty member who will ask you a few questions about your medical history and perform a brief physical examination. Routine oral cancer screening will be performed by faculty member at this time, and depending on your needs, your dentist may also take radiographs. The purpose of this visit is to determine if you’re eligible to become a patient. If you are, we’ll assign you a postdoctoral dental resident to set up a faculty-directed appointment to assess your prosthodontic needs. This screening is FREE, so you won’t need to worry about paying on your first visit.
The new Penn Dental Medicine prosthodontics program can provide a wide range of prosthodontic services to our patients, including the following:
At Penn Dental Medicine, prosthodontic procedures are performed by postdoctoral residents or predoctoral students. These student doctors work under the direct supervision of faculty specialists. In the initial stages of prosthodontic treatment, your care may be provided by predoctoral students under close supervision by instructors. Specialized prosthodontic care and advanced procedures are provided by our postdoctoral residents, who are qualified dentists undergoing an additional three-year training.
Penn Dental Medicine has state-of-the-art technology at its disposal for patients in the new prosthodontic program that is available nowhere else. This includes the use of precise microscopes that allow us to create crowns and other prostheses that are a custom fit down to the microscopic level, ensuring that they fit better, last longer, and are more comfortable. The quality of treatment is further enhanced due to digital technologies, like our advanced scanners and imaging software. CAD/CAM technologies are used for the fabrication of highly precise and aesthetic restorations.