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What is a Prosthodontist?

What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist specializes in the complex process of assessing patients with missing or damaged teeth, congenital or traumatic disorders, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems in order to plan and provide treatment to restore function, appearance, and comfort for those patients. After earning a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree,* which typically requires a foundation of three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school, the dentist who specializes in Prosthodontics receives three to four years of additional fulltime postdoctoral training at a program recognized and accredited by the ADA and the American Board of Prosthodontics.
*There is no difference between DDS and DMD degrees or the course of study for which they are awarded.

What is a General Practice Residency (GPR)?

A General Practice Residency (GPR) is an accredited hospital-based postdoctoral program for training in the care of patients with complicating medical conditions. In this program, a general dentist prepares to deal with a broad range of dental challenges by training with specialists in all areas of dentistry.