A program that focuses on the advanced study of the restoration and maintenance of teeth, oral function, and aesthetic form through the use of single or compound materials, structures, and artificial devices. Includes instruction in implant dentistry, surgical procedures, denture design and fabrication, fixed and removable prosthodontics, restorative techniques, occlusion therapy and devices, geriatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and tempromandibular joint dysfunction.

Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology Careers in Dentistry

A program that focuses on the advanced study of the restoration and maintenance of teeth, oral function, and aesthetic form through the use of single or compound materials, structures, and artificial devices. Includes instruction in implant dentistry, surgical procedures, denture design and fabrication, fixed and removable prosthodontics, restorative techniques, occlusion therapy and devices, geriatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and tempromandibular joint dysfunction.

The American College of Prosthodontists www.gotoapro.org

says this about the specialty.  The American College of Prosthodontists is the organization of dentists with advanced specialty training who create optimal oral health, both in function and appearance, including dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns, and teeth whitening.

Informally, prosthodontists are the dental specialty that focuses on restorative dentistry --- that is, the making of the traditional appliances of ‘false teeth’: fixed and removable bridges, caps and crowns, full or partial upper, lower, or complete dentures, bonding, and veneers.

Like the other dental specialties, prosthodontists are staking their claim as the dental specialty best trained --- technically, clinically, and philosophically --- to place dental implants.

Within the past twenty years, the market for teeth whitening has exploded. Professional dental teeth whitening is a specialty service best handled by a dental practice limited to the practice of prosthodontics.

 

Help researching graduate dental school or hospital-based programs for the study of prosthodontics, refer to the American Dental Association’s weblink connecting you to the specific program of your interest, and read mindfully what each program offers you

The ADA website currently links to 47 programs in prosthodontics. The ADA website also links to eight programs in maxillofacial prosthetics

 

What is maxillofacial prosthetics?

Maxillofacial prosthetics is the specialty branch within conventional prosthodontics that extends to greater reconstruction of the entire face, head, and neck region (as opposed to the reconstruction of individual teeth, the traditional purview of prosthodontists). Patients of maxillofacial prosthodontists often require reconstruction of congenital defects (a very common situation is prosthetic rehabilitation of cleft lip and palate), or facial structures damaged by disease (such as oral or head and cancers), or trauma.

Maxillofacial prostheses restore function --- swallowing, speech, or chewing --- or esthetics. Maxillofacial prostheses can restore either soft tissue areas --- cheeks, upper or lower palate, tongue --- or areas of bone --- the jaw, the orbital rim. Prostheses or prosthetic devices are frequently part of the package in the treatment of oral or head and neck and cancers, being necessary to position or shield facial structures during radiation therapy, for instance, or to contain treatment devices such as an electrolarynx, a medical device essentially a mechanical voicebox, used in the treatment of cancer of the larynx.

Maxillofacial prosthodontics is one of the most interdisciplinary and cooperative of the dental specialties. The practice of maxillofacial prosthodontics, although it varies, is frequently within a hospital clinical environment, where the great variety of other medical specialists required would be in close clinical proximity. Maxillofacial prosthodontists must collaborate and become accustomed to clinical integration with otolaryngologists (ENTs), oral and maxillofacial surgeons, other specialty dentists for the reconstruction or treatment of specific tooth structures, plastic surgeons, neurologists, radiation oncologists, speech pathologists, the medical artists who create the individual specific facial prostheses, and the entire team of ancillary dental personnel  --- assistants, techs, and hygienists --- who are part of carrying out oral care treatment.

Inside this model is at least one such stellar interdisciplinary program in maxillofacial prosthetics, the maxillofacial prosthetics program at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center-of the 59th Medical Wing (WHASC) of the U.S. Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base outside San Antonio, Texas, part of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service.