What is

a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists specialize in cosmetic restoration and replacement of missing teeth.

Prosthodontics is one of 10 dental specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association and the Ordre des dentistes du Québec.


  • Specialize in esthetic restoration and tooth replacement.
  • Have received 2 or 3 years of postgraduate training following their doctors of dentistry degree.
  • Restore appearance and an optimal smile.

Prosthodontists are actively engaged in clinical practice, teaching and research. They also have a life-long commitment to professional development.

Prosthodontists are known as “architects of the oral cavity.” They design treatment plans and set up procedures with other medical and dental specialists, as well as dental generalists, to provide comprehensive care.

Poor oral health and tooth loss today are caused by cavities and periodontal disorders (gum disease). Other cases include mouth cancer, traumatic injury and such behavioral conditions as tooth grinding. These problems may leave a patient with cosmetic issues, diminished chewing ability, psychological discomfort and reduced quality of life.

The prosthodontist is skilled at formulating diagnoses and a wide range of treatment plans targeting restorations, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, crowns and bridges, occlusal splints, temporo-mandibular disorders, congenital or acquired cranio-facial anomalies and sleep disorders. Prosthodontic training covers detailed anatomical, functional and aesthetic knowledge to produce removable prostheses supported (or not) by dental implants. Under the Professional Code, only dentists are authorized to make and place fixed prostheses.


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