Prosthodontist Fashions Dental Prosthesis

Prosthodontists are dental surgeons who specialize in creating oral prostheses to replace teeth that are missing and correct mouth and jaw deformations. The aim of their work is to help people have normal oral functioning, such as chewing and speaking normally, and to improve the appearance of their teeth. This is an extremely small field: the American Dental Association reported that there were 3,500 prosthodontists and prosthodontic residents working in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are only about 1,000 prosthodontists working in the U.S.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Restore and replace missing teeth and other dental disorders by creating dental and oral prostheses; collaborate with other dentists and dental and medical professionals
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with many opportunities in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and New Jersey
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Eight to ten years education and training; three or more years in a dental practice
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Business Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Prosthodontist, Practice Owner
  • Prosthodontist, Practice Partner
  • Intern/Resident, Prosthodontics

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