What Is A Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration of oral function by creating prostheses and restorations (i.e., complete dentures, crowns, implant retained/supported restorations). Cosmetic dentistry, implants and joint problems all fall under the field of prosthodontics.

Becoming a prosthodontist requires an additional 3 years of specialty training after obtaining a dental degree. Training consists of rigorous preparation in head and neck anatomy, materials science, aesthetics, and occlusion (bite). Due to this extensive training, prosthodontists are frequently called upon to treat complex cosmetic cases, full mouth reconstructions, TMJ related disorders, congenital disorders, and sleep apnea by planning and fabricating various prostheses.

The prosthodontist is best viewed as the “architect” of your dental project.


They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to your dental needs. Dr. Pacinelli’s prosthodontic practice provides the highest level of dental care, with a passion for creating generations of beautiful, healthy smiles.

Advanced dental problems bring with them complex diagnostic and treatment issues. We believe that the art and science of diagnosis is found in creating the right treatment plan for each person as an individual. Our patient-focused practice will always place your best interests first through the development of creative solutions that will exceed your expectations and improve your life.

Prosthodontics is one of the 9 specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.