What is Prosthodontics and What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontics? Prosthodontist? Count on us to explain the specialized practice of Dr. Jiyoung Kim

A Prosthodontist is dedicated to providing highest level of care for patients who need to replace missing teeth due to damage to their existing teeth.

The required training of a Prosthodontist is very strict and standardized in the United States. Dentists from all over the world compete to gain acceptance to the training programs that are here in the US and only a few residents per year are accepted.

Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The typical prosthodontics training includes four years of dental school and an additional three years of specialty training through a hospital or university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association. Training consists of rigorous preparation in:

– Review of literatures, lectures, and seminars

– Laboratory experience

– Clinical patient care with crowns, bridges, veneers, removable partial / full dentures, and dental implants

– Material science

– Esthetics and occlusion

– TMD-jaw joint problems

– Congenital anomalies to teeth

Prosthodontists are masters in the rehabilitation of a complete dentition, in the replacement of one or two teeth, and in satisfying the patient’s cosmetic desires.

The Prosthodontist formulates treatment customized for each individual patient, coordinates with other dental specialists to help establish a solid foundation, and has the vision of the final outcome, both in optimum function and esthetics. Due to the additional training, a prosthodontist has a special understanding of your smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the art of tooth replacement.

You Should Seek The Expertise of A Prosthodontist If:

  • You’re missing teeth – one, more or all
  • You’re considering dental implants
  • You wear, or may need to wear, dentures or partial dentures
  • You want to enhance your smile
  • You need specialized help to restore your teeth to their natural form and function
  • You need total oral reconstruction