Learn the Meanings of Common Dental Terminology

Prosthodontics

Also known as dental prosthetics. This is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of the oral function including comfort and appearance of missing or abnormal teeth.

Prosthodontists have extensive training to deal with TMJ, sleep apnea and full-mouth reconstruction and esthetics. Their training consists of basic sciences, head and neck anatomy, and biomedical sciences.

The field of Prosthodontics requires rigorous training with 3 additional years of postgraduate study. For anyone considering a career in dentistry this is one of the highest paying fields.