History and Training
– Fauchard discovered methods to replace lost teeth using substitutes made from carved blocks of ivory or bone.
– Fauchard introduced dental braces to correct the position of teeth using gold wires and silk threads.
– A prosthodontist specializes in the aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.
– A prosthodontist receives three to four years of additional training after dental school.
– A prosthodontist restores optimal appearance and function to a patient’s smile.
– The American College of Prosthodontists ensures standards are maintained in the field.
– Becoming a prosthodontist requires three years of postgraduate specialty training.

Maxillofacial Prosthodontics/Prosthetics
– Maxillofacial prosthetics is a sub-specialty of prosthodontics.
– Maxillofacial prosthodontists treat patients with defects in the head and neck region.
– Maxillofacial prosthodontists plan and fabricate intra-oral prostheses.
– Facial prostheses, such as artificial eyes and ears, are also fabricated by maxillofacial prosthodontists.
– Treatment involves a multidisciplinary approach with various healthcare professionals.

Board Certification
– Board certification in prosthodontics is awarded through the American Board of Prosthodontics.
– Board certification requires successful completion of written and oral examinations.
– Diplomates of the ABP have a practice limited to prosthodontics.
– Fellows of the American College of Prosthodontists have completed three years of specialty training and are board certified.
– The ADA recognizes specialties in areas where advanced knowledge and skills are essential.

Recognition and Ethics
– The ADA does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty.
– Prosthodontics is the only dental specialty where the concentration of cosmetic dentistry falls.
– General dentists may perform simple cosmetic procedures, but questions arise regarding their qualifications for complex cases.
– The ADA does not have a specialty recognized for dental implants.
– The contributions of specialists in dentistry are acknowledged and encouraged.

Definition and Importance of Prosthodontics
– Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry.
– It focuses on the restoration and replacement of missing teeth.
Prosthodontics is not officially recognized as a specialty.
– It involves the use of dental prostheses.
– The field of prosthodontics is constantly evolving.
– Prosthodontics plays a crucial role in improving oral health.
– It helps restore functionality and aesthetics of the mouth.
– Prosthodontic treatments can enhance quality of life.
– Dental prostheses can improve speech and chewing ability.
– Prosthodontics can address various dental issues, such as tooth loss and jaw deformities.

Professional Ethics and Role in Maxillofacial Prosthetics
– Dentists practicing prosthodontics must adhere to ethical guidelines.
– Ethical considerations include patient autonomy and informed consent.
– Prosthodontists should prioritize patient well-being and safety.
– Confidentiality is essential in prosthodontic practice.
– Maintaining professional integrity is crucial in prosthodontics.
– Prosthodontics plays a vital role in maxillofacial prosthetics.
– Maxillofacial prostheses are used to replace missing facial structures.
– Prosthodontists collaborate with other healthcare professionals in this field.
– Maxillofacial prostheses can restore facial appearance after trauma or surgery.
– Prosthodontics contributes to the rehabilitation of patients with facial defects.

Resources and Organizations
– The American Dental Association provides information on prosthodontics.
– The American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics offers resources for patients.
– Referring physicians can consult the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics.
– Prosthodontics-related information is available on Wikimedia Commons.
– Various journals, such as the Journal of Prosthodontics, publish research in this field.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
prosthodontics (noun plural but singular or plural in construction)
dentistry - prosthetic
Prosthodontics (Wikipedia)

Prosthodontics, also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry, is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prostheses. It is one of 12 dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. The ADA defines it as "the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes."

Prosthodontics (Wiktionary)



prosthodontics (uncountable)

  1. Prosthetic dentistry: a specialty of dentistry concerned with the restoration or replacement of damaged or missing teeth or portions thereof.


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