What is a prosthodontist?

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So, what exactly is a prosthodontist? A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the restoration and replacement of teeth. "Prostho" refers to replacement or restoration and "dontist" refers to teeth. The advanced training prosthodontists undergo equips them with the ability to handle complex dental issues, including dental implants, dentures, all-on-four procedures, and restorative dentistry.

According to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine, prosthodontists are well-equipped for the complex matters of dental implants. With nearly 196,000 general dentists in the country, there are only roughly 3500 prosthodontic clinics. With roughly 300,000 dental implants being performed each year in the United States, these clinics and prosthodontists take the lead in coordinating patient care with oral surgeons, general dentists, and other specialties when needed, especially for more complicated cases.

Unlike general dentists or other dental specialists, prosthodontists have completed several years of additional training (a minimum 3-4 years) dedicated to restorative dentistry and cosmetic issues. This specialized training allows them to offer solutions tailored to each patient's individual needs, especially when it comes to complex restorative procedures.

When it comes to dental implants, prosthodontists like Dr. Atwood have the expertise to ensure a natural look and comfortable fit. As an American Board of Prosthodontists certified provider, his intricate knowledge of dental materials and techniques enables him to create solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

For patients in need of dentures or all-on-four treatments, Dr. Atwood can provide custom solutions to enhance both oral health and overall quality of life. His attention to detail and focus on patient satisfaction makes him the ideal choice for individuals seeking comprehensive restorative dental care.