Dentistry includes many specialty areas, including prosthodontics. Dr. Bryan Limmer is proud of his career as a prosthodontist and would be happy to share information with anyone else considering going into this dental specialty. It takes years of education, hard work, and dedication to become a successful prosthodontist, but it’s worth it to see patients smile after years of frustration with their teeth or restorations.
What Does a Prosthodontist Do?
The short description of a prosthodontist is someone who repairs and replaces teeth. Some of the specific things that a prosthodontist might assist a patient with include:
- Complex dental reconstruction
- Dental implants
- Bleaching, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures
- Dental crowns, inlays, onlays
- Denture and partial dentures
- TMJ disorders
- Diagnosis and treatment of TMJ
- Treating sleep disorders such as heavy snoring
Of course, the above is just a partial list. Dr. Limmer and the staff of Trailhead Dental always assess your individual needs and provide the most appropriate treatment.
Education Needed to Become a Prosthodontist
It’s a long educational road to becoming a prosthodontist, starting with completing a bachelor’s degree. If you know you plan to attend dental school later, it’s a good idea to major in science or biology. Prior to application to dental school, you must take the Dental Admission Test. This multiple-choice test covers natural sciences, perceptual skills, quantitative reasoning and reading comprehension. This test, combined with your undergraduate grades and extra-curricular activities will allow to to apply and hopefull be accepted to dental school.
Once admitted, dental school is a 4-year program. Most dental students earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine or a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dental anatomy, epidemiology, and craniofacial biology are just some of the subjects you will study. After graduation from dental school, you must pass both portions of the National Board Dental Examinations to qualify for licensure in your state.
After earning your dental license, you now need to complete a three-year residency in prosthodontics. The residency helps to improve your technical skills while teaching you more about oral prosthetic devices, various diagnoses, pathology and oral biology. The residency may also require research projects and attendance at dental lectures.
Some prosthodontists, including Dr. Limmer, choose to earn optional certification after all the above credentials. This helps to further distinguish them as specialists in their field.
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