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All About Prosthodontists

Prosthodontist Example Construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.

What Do Prosthodontists Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Place veneers onto teeth to conceal defects.
  • Collaborate with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.
  • Treat facial pain and jaw joint problems.
  • Fit prostheses to patients, making any necessary adjustments and modifications.
  • Bleach discolored teeth to brighten and whiten them.
  • Measure and take impressions of patients' jaws and teeth to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses, using face bows, dental articulators, recording devices, and other materials.

Skills Needed to be a Prosthodontist

When polled, Prosthodontists say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • Prosthodontist/Owner
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontist
  • Prosthodontist/Educator
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics Dentist

Are There Job Opportunities for Prosthodontists?

There were about 900 jobs for Prosthodontist in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 22.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 200 new jobs for Prosthodontist by 2026.


The states with the most job growth for Prosthodontist are Oregon, Indiana, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Washington, Indiana, or Oregon. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Prosthodontist Salary

The typical yearly salary for Prosthodontists is somewhere between $103,240 and $208,000.


Prosthodontists who work in Florida or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Prosthodontists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Florida $217,410
Virginia $190,340

What Tools & Technology do Prosthodontists Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Prosthodontists:

  • Henry Schein Dentrix
  • Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft
  • Henry Schein DentalVision Professional
  • Henry Schein Easy Dental
  • Kodak Dental Systems Kodak PRACTICEWORKS Practice management software PMS

Becoming a Prosthodontist

Are there Prosthodontists education requirements?


How many years of work experience do I need?


Who Employs Prosthodontists?


Below are examples of industries where Prosthodontists work:



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