How to Choose a Prosthodontist

What Does a Prosthodontist Do?

As you get older and begin losing teeth and jaw structure, you may need to choose a prosthodontist to perform dental work. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on installing full or partial dentures, dental crowns, dental implants or dental bridges to replace missing teeth. The cases seen by a prosthodontist are usually more complex and may involve several missing teeth or damage to the jaw bone. The goal of the prosthodontist is to restore your appearance, facilitate your ability to eat and speak, and preserve the structural integrity of your jaw. The prosthodontist installs artificial teeth in place of any missing or diseased original teeth in your mouth. A prosthodontist will:

  • Examine, diagnose and treat you in order to replace missing or diseased teeth and restore integrity to your jaw.

  • Measure your jaws and make impressions for any artificial replacements.

  • Construct bridges, full or partial dentures, or other appliances to replace your missing teeth.

  • Restore optimum functioning to your teeth and mouth.

  • Fit and modify dentures and oral prostheses, repair and replace dentures and oral prostheses as needed.

  • Fabricate specialty items such as mouth guards or anti-snoring prostheses

How to Choose a Prosthodontist

  • Ask your family dentist for referrals to a qualified orthodontist.

  • Use the information at to help narrow down your choices.

  • Find out if the prosthodontist is familiar with the latest technology and procedures to minimize pain and maximize results.

  • Check out their dental qualifications. The basic dental degree is a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

  • The dental professional should also have completed an additional three years of advanced education in prosthodontics. Ask about any continuing education courses.

  • Ask about privacy standards.

  • Ask for patient referrals.

  • Find out if they have any additional patient education information such as a newsletter or website page to help you protect any remaining teeth.

  • Ask about pricing, payment plans and determine what may be covered by your insurance plan. Are there more cost-effective options to the proposed procedure? Can complex procedures be broken down into steps and spread out over a period of time? is your go-to source for dental information and dental education. Use our dental profiles to help find a prosthodontist for your family because is "where patients and dentists connect."