SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS – In preparation of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week April 22-28, Springfield dentist Dr. Vincent J. Mariano explains what a prosthodontist does.
Specializing in dental crowns, dental implants, dentures, oral reconstruction and dental bridges, a prosthodontist is one of nine dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association, a prosthodontist is a skilled architect who restores optimum function and the appearance of your smile and can also treat facial deformities due to congenital or birth anomalies to teeth and oral cancer reconstruction. According to Dr. Mariano, “the goal is to reconstruct a beautiful, natural smile for all our patients.”
“Prosthodontists receive three years of additional training beyond dental school,” says Dr. Mariano of EMA Dental, a multi-service practice that offers family dentistry. “We are trained to give the highest level of care in the field of prosthodontics.”
The graduate programs that a prosthodontist takes include classroom lectures, treatment of patients and lab experience with creating restorations. Additional training is earned through a hospital based program, which is accredited by the ADA.
There are approximately 3,000 prosthodontists in the United States. Only 1,000 of those are board certified. Dental specialists, Dr. Mariano is the only board certified prosthodontist in Western Massachusetts and Dr. Thomas Vergo is the only maxillofacial prosthodontist in Western Massachusetts.
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