Any general dentist can call himself a cosmetic dentist since the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. There is no additional training needed for cosmetic dentistry upon completion of dental school.
However, prosthodontics is an ADA-recognized specialty that requires additional training related to oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients. Prosthodontists receive an extra 3 years of specialized training after dental school. Board Certified Prosthodontists are prosthodontists that have gone on to pass extensive examinations by the American Board of Prosthodontics. This examination process involves several examinations over a period of years. Less than half of 1% of dentists in the U.S. are Board Certified Prosthodontists. ABP Diplomates are the top in their field, teaching other prosthodontists by presenting scientific lectures and publishing articles. Only Board Certified Prosthodontists can use the title “Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics,” and “Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.” About 20% of practicing prosthodontists are Board Certified. Our board certified prosthodontists at Brookline Progressive Dental Team will make sure you receive the highest quality service you deserve.
Why See a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontics (also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry) is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Prosthodontists specialize in the diagnosis, restoration, and replacement of missing teeth. Prosthodontists can restore oral function through the placement of restorations or prostheses (dentures, crowns, implants, etc.).
Extensive training and experience give prosthodontists a unique understanding of restoring the dynamics of a smile and healthy mouth with the creation of tooth prostheses. Becoming a prosthodontist requires an additional three years of specialty training after obtaining a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree.
This specialized training must be completed at an ADA-accredited prosthodontic education program. This is where prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating multiple, diverse, and complex dental conditions. They will also learn how to restore the optimum function and aesthetics of a smile.
Advanced deterioration of a patient’s teeth usually creates issues besides loss of tooth or tooth structure which can be addressed by our office. While we may serve as the “architect” of a dental treatment plan, we often collaborate with your general dentist and other specialists to facilitate the complete treatment of your condition.
Prosthodontics is a specialty in the field of dentistry that deals with resolving issues associated with missing or impaired teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues with biocompatible substitutes. Prosthodontists have graduated from dental school and then have had three additional years of advanced education and training in a post-graduate program that has been accredited by the American Dental Association.
Brookline Progressive Dental Team addresses these areas as a whole connected region to determine the potential causes and appropriate treatment of what is ailing you. Our process includes:
diagnosing the issue
establishing an appropriate rehabilitation routine
determining how to maintain oral functionality
addressing oral appearance
restoring and maintaining health and wellness
With our advanced technology and years in the field, we are able to deliver you with the best prosthodontic care Brookline, MA has to offer.
Why do I need prosthodontic care?
When the conditions of your teeth, jaws, face and any oral tissues are compromised you may wish to seek a prosthodontic assessment.
Teeth may be missing or impaired due to an accident, poor oral hygiene and habits over the years, or certain genetic issues. Oral and maxillofacial - or jaw and face - tissues may need prosthodontic treatment for the same reasons.
If you believe that something needs to be replaced in your mouth, a prosthodontist is the specialized dentist you want to speak with to take care of your issue.
What are some prosthodontic treatments?
There are many ways a prosthodontist may want to address your situation. Some treatments and procedures include:
inlays and onlays
temporomandibular disorders (TMJ)
Brookline, Boston, Brighton, Allston, Newton, Cambridge, and surrounding communities have been trusting Brookline Progressive Dental Team for years to treat all kinds of prosthodontic issues.
Give us a call at (617) 232-8113 to schedule an appointment with the best prosthodontic specialists around!
In need of immediate care?
We offer emergency phone consultations to our existing patients. Call us anytime at (617) 232-8113.