Prosthodontists, like orthodontists, periodontists and endodontists, are experts in one of the eight specialty fields recognized by the American Dental Association. Our training in restorative treatment and replacement of teeth is rigorous, and our day-to-day dental practice includes the many challenges of creating beautiful smiles that are not only highly functional, but absolutely comfortable. Many people think of prosthodontists as the “quarterback” of a dental care team since we regularly lead other dentists and health care professionals in the quest for the best restoration and implant solutions for our patients.
A prosthodontist’s intensive, three-year training follows our four-year general dentistry studies. During this time, we are exposed to state-of-the art research and clinical experts from a variety of other medical disciplines. The outcome is a dental restoration specialist who has a wide range of diagnostic insight and diversified treatment approaches.
Only seventeen percent of prosthodontists, like myself have become Board-Certified and also passed written and clinical examinations assessing our acquired knowledge and skill to provide premium quality patient care.
What does it mean to be Board Certified in Prosthodontics?
After completing an accredited residency program, Prosthodontists have the option of applying for Board Certification in the specialty. The process, which is administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics, is similar to that in other dental and medical fields. Subsequent to completing a comprehensive written examination, candidates must present three patient cases and defend their diagnosis, treatment, and results to a panel of examiners, all of whom are experienced Board Certified Prosthodontists.
After successfully challenging the multi part process, which requires approximately four years, the Prosthodontist becomes certified and is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthontics. To maintain their certification, Diplomates must demonstrate their commitment to their continuing professional education by attending or presenting scientific lectures or publishing articles or textbook chapters.
What is the role of the American Board of Prosthodontics?
The mission of the American Board of Prosthodontics is to certify individuals who have demonstrated “exemplary” knowledge and skills in the specialty. The Board also seeks to identify those who are committed to life-long learning and ethical practices and to the advancement of Prosthodontics.
The American Board of Prosthodontics recognizes its responsibility to the profession and to the public and discharges this responsibility through the administration of examinations designed to identify individuals with the knowledge, skills, and attributes deemed important to those who will be called Diplomates of the American Board of Prosthodontics.