Prosthodontics is one of only eight dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Once becoming a dentist, a prosthodontist’s clinical education includes three years of specialized training in an advanced dental graduate program.
General dentists are your primary care oral care providers. They are the providers in your dental home. They evaluate and treat your oral needs including routine dental cleanings, treatment of cavities (caries), extractions of hopeless teeth, restoration and replacement of teeth including crowns, bridges and dentures.
A periodontist is the oral health care provider who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases of the soft tissues of the mouth (the gums) and the supporting structures (bones) of the teeth (both natural and man-made teeth). This dentist diagnoses and treats gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) as well as periodontitis (gum and bone disease). A periodontist may perform the following procedures: simple and deep pocket cleanings, root planing, crown lengthening procedures, soft tissue and/or bone grafting, gingival or flap procedures, soft tissue recontouring or removal (gingivoplasty or gingivectomy), hard tissue recontouring (osteoplasty), and implant placement.