To gain acceptance into an Prosthodontics training program a dentist must have a DDS or DMD degree from an American Dental Education Association (ADEA) accredited school in the United States. Once accepted the applicant will complete 3-4 additional years of post-graduate study. The American Dental Association (ADA) accredited programs are a minimum of three years in length. After successful completion of post-graduate training a periodontist must pass the American Board of Prosthodontics examination. Training consists of clinical and didactic preparation in the basic sciences, head and neck anatomy, biomedical sciences, biomaterials sciences, function of occlusion (bite), TMD (Temporomandibular join disorder), and treatment and planning of full mouth reconstruction cases. This is the most academically challenging dental specialty.
Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry involved in the the diagnoses, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. Prosthodists usually perform procedures that involve restoration and replacement of teeth, restoring optimum function to a patients smile, restoration of implants, repairing temporomandibular jaw disorder, and rehabilitation of occlusion with prostheses. Many Prosthodontists work in a small practice with a small staff. A full time Prosthodontist works around 32 hours a week.
Much of this information was adapted from the American Dental Association (ADA).