WHAT EXACTLY IS A PROSTHODONTIST? PDF Print E-mail
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in restoring natural teeth and creating and placing natural-looking substitute or prosthetic teeth. Prosthodontics is one of only nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. (Cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry are NOT recognized dental specialties.) A prosthodontist’s professional education includes three years of full-time training and research experience in addition to the doctoral degree in dentistry. This training allows the prosthodontist to serve as the “architect” of a comprehensive dental treatment plan, which may involve collaboration with general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, and other health professionals.

Prosthodontic training particularly emphasizes management and care of patients whose teeth and oral structures have been compromised by congenital defects or conditions such as occlusal wear, periodontal disease, traumatic injury, and cancer treatment. While prosthodontists give particular attention to function, comfort, and stability, they also understand the importance of esthetics. By using highly sophisticated techniques and procedures, they can achieve natural looking cosmetic restorations that harmonize with each patient’s facial structure.

Please note that a prosthodontist’s post-doctoral advanced specialty training occurs only in university-based residency programs that are accredited by the American Dental Association and supervised by prosthodontists. Because of their training and commitment, prosthodontists are uniquely qualified dental experts for restoring missing, broken, or worn teeth.

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High Touch Instead of High Tech
Because of Dr. Baldree’s specialty training in prosthodontics and his high standards of clinical excellence, many patients find that our procedures differ from those they may have experienced in general dental practices. Dr. Baldree personally performs many clinical and laboratory procedures routinely delegated to assistants and technicians in many dental practices. Prosthodontists, by nature, are more likely to rely on tried and true techniques with proven track records of reliability. They are less likely to embrace the latest technology until its value has been proven.

Due to the special demands and precision required of complex restorative care, we work closely with only the best dental laboratory technicians available, most in other cities. We hope you’ll agree that the high quality and esthetic results of such special attention to detail are well worth the additional time and financial commitments they may require.