What is a Prosthodontist

Walnut Creek Prosthodontist Dr. Barmby

A prosthodontist is a dentist with additional education in the restoration and replacement of missing teeth as well as a wide variety of other aesthetic and cosmetic procedures. Prosthodontists specialize in the aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth to their proper form and function and can help you have the most attractive, natural-looking smile possible. Prosthodontics is one of only nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).

What Training Does Prosthodontists Have?

After graduating from dental school, prosthodontists complete a three or four year ADA-accredited residency program. It includes lectures and seminars, and intensive laboratory and clinical experience in fabricating crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and partial removable dentures, and dental implants.

Residents also receive extensive training in diagnosing and treating temporomandibular disorders (TMD) of the jaw, traumatic injuries to oral structures, and congenital or birth anomalies such as cleft palate, and oral cancer reconstruction. In addition they are qualified to manage bruxism (night time tooth grinding) and sleep apnea disorders such as snoring.

Prosthodontists are dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Dr. Barmby will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive plan to treat your specific situation and explain what results you can expect.

What Does it Mean to be Board Certified in Prosthodontics?

After completing an accredited residency program, prosthodontists have the option of applying for Board Certification in the specialty. The process, administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics, is similar to that in other dental and medical fields.

Subsequent to completing a comprehensive written examination, candidates must present three patient cases and defend their diagnosis, treatment and results to a panel of examiners, all of whom are experienced Board Certified prosthodontists.

After successfully challenging the multi-part process which requires approximately four years, the prosthodontist becomes certified and is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. To maintain their certification, Diplomates must demonstrate their commitment to their continuing professional education by attending or presenting scientific lectures, or publishing articles or textbook chapters.

Dr. Barmby became a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics in 1987, and recently completed his recertification for the next eight years.

A prosthodontist is an expert in restoring your smile using the best dental technology and products, including:

  • Aesthetic and cosmetic treatments
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Complete and removable partial dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Veneers

Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation and can treat numerous dental conditions, such as:

  • TMD-jaw joint problems
  • Traumatic injuries to the mouth's structures
  • Congenital or birth anomalies to teeth
  • Snoring and sleep disorders
  • Oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care