What is Prosthodontist?

What is a Prosthodontist?

Dr. Hummert is a Specialist in Prosthodontics, a Prosthodontist. Prosthodontics is one of the eight dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). To become a Prosthodontist it requires three additional years of residency training at an ADA accredited graduate education program in a University. Other dentists may try and lead you to believe that they are Prosthodontists by carefully trying to word their qualifications by describing what Prosthodontics is and what a Prosthodontist does, but are not qualified by the additional training to be called a Prosthodontist. Ask about their credentials before you accept treatment by a general dentist trying to lead you to believe they are a Prosthodonist, when in fact they are not. It is a violation of State Dental Laws for them to lead you to believe that they are Specialists, when they are not. See below for more details...

What is Prosthodontics?

According to The Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms, Seventh Edition (GPT-7) in Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry (81) 1:39-110, 1999;

Pros•tho•don•tics is the branch of dentistry pertaining to the restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the restoration of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and craniofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.

Prosthodontics is one of nine recognized dental specialties of the American Dental Association (ADA). So Prosthodontists, like orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons and pedodontists, are specialists in one specific field of dentistry. After completing four years of dental school, a Prosthodontist completes three additional years of training in a post-doctoral program.


The nine dental specialties are described by the ADA.

The professional organization which is the official sponsoring organization for the specialty of prosthodontics is the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Pros•tho•don•tist is...

1. a specialist in prosthodontics
2. a dentist who has successfully completed an advanced education program in prosthodontics that is accredited by the appropriate accrediting body.

The ACP describes that the we serve as the "architect" of a dental treatment plan, prosthodontists collaborate with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to your dental concerns.

In the United States, that body is the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

The American College of Prosthodontists defines a prosthodontist as follows - “A prosthodontist is a dental specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth."  Prosthodontics involves, but is not limited to, the replacement of missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants. Extensive training and education provide prosthodontists with the skills for restoring optimum function and esthetics to your smile. These include:  crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures and/or teeth, snoring and sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.”

Rehabilitation involves diagnostic procedures which must take account of psychological and social factors, and depends also on a detailed knowledge of the clinical aspects of dental prosthetics, materials and of the changes to form and function which result from the loss of teeth.

A prosthodontist’s extensive training provides expertise in restorative treatment above and beyond a general dentist.  Dr. Hummert works closely with the general dentist’s that refer these patients, as well as other dental specialists and other medical disciplines, which gives the patient a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach, insight and a diversified approaches to their oral health.

Imperfect teeth, which may result form a birth abnormality, traumatic accident, natural decay, or the consequence of age and wear, can be replaced with attractive, functional teeth by an experienced prosthodontist. A prosthodontist has experience in treating complex and challenging cases, and can deliver pleasing smiles while restoring and maintaining function. Additionally, they regularly participate in research studies, publish scientific journals, and lecture internationally.

Dr. Hummert is an active member of the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Association.

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