What is a Prosthodontist ?

whatisaprosthoA Prosthodontist is a dentist specialized in the field of Prosthodontics, one of nine dental specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA).  The CDA defines Prosthodontics as “that branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis,  restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of the patient by the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes”.

In lay terms, a Prosthodontist specializes in cosmetic, implant, tooth replacement and reconstructive dentistry.

Prosthodontists are the only dentists recognized by the CDA as true specialists in cosmetic (esthetic) dentistry.  They can restore optimum function and appearance to your teeth – and to your smile.


Prosthodontists, in addition to their basic dental education, have to successfully complete a rigorous advanced 3 year postdoctoral educational program in Prosthodontics accredited by the CDA/ADA. This in-depth additional education provides Prosthodontists not only with enhanced knowledge and skills in their specialty but also enables them to interact with researchers as well as with clinical experts in other dental/medical fields. Effective communication with a team of experts provides Prosthodontists with a broad insight in diagnosing and solving oral health problems.