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What is a Prosthodontist?

 

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive two or three years of additional training after dental school, and restore optimum appearance and function to your smile. Additional training for prosthodontists is earned through a hospital- or university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association. The training includes reviews of the literature, lectures, treatment of patients and laboratory experience in fabricating restorations. Additionally, Dr. Dooley is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists. That's what the letters ACP stand for on the doctors coat in the picture you see! A prosthodontist is the skilled architect who can restore optimum function and appearance to your smile.

Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Graduate programs in prosthodontics include classroom lectures and seminars, laboratory and clinical training in esthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation. A prosthodontist is dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

 Comprehensive single provider therapy separates prosthodontists from other specialties. The advantage and role of single providers in implant therapy becomes apparent: the total solutions provider with appropriate diagnotsic, prognostic, surgical and retorative skills is the primary clinician of choice for patients demanding the best care possible.

Perhaps you’re missing one or more teeth, or you’re interested in dental implants. You might wear dentures or removable partial dentures. Or, you want to improve the appearance of your smile. Simply put, you need the skills and training of a prosthodontist.

  • You are concerned about the quality of your dental care.
  • You need a dentist who can restore optimal appearance and function to your smile.
  • You need a dentist with advanced training in aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.
    Prosthodontists are proficient in comprehensive oral health diagnosis, treatment planning and restoration. A prosthodontist is the skilled architect who can restore optimal function and appearance to your smile.

        A Continued Commitment!

        National Prosthodontics Awareness Week is held in April of every year. It focuses on raising public awareness about the critical importance of a healthy mouth. This is especially important now as the link between oral health and overall health is being increasingly documented.

        Our office is proud to have partnered with Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms for the campaign, twice. Mayor Sessoms issued a Mayoral Proclamation declaring the corresponding week Prosthodontics Awareness Week here in Virginia Beach for 2012 and 2013. It is our hope that his support will give weight to to the matter in the minds of patients desperately in need, and yet unconvinced of necessity.