What is Prosthodontics?


What is Prosthodontics?             

According to The Glossary of Prosthodontics Terms (GPT-8) published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, July 2005 (Volume 94, No.1, Page 10-92)

pros·tho·don·tics \pro˘s′tha-do˘n′ti˘ks\ n, pl but sing or pl in constr (1947)

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, 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/or maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.

Prosthodontics is one of nine recognized dental specialties of the American Dental Association (ADA).

The professional organization which is the official sponsoring organization for the specialty of PROSTHODONTICS is the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP).

pros·tho·don·tist \pro˘s′tha-do˘n-ti˘st\ n (1917)

  1. a specialist in prosthodontics
  2. a dentist who has successfully completed an advanced education program in prosthodontics that is accredited by the appropriate accrediting body. In the United States, that body is the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

A Prosthodontist is involved in the sub-specialties in:

  1. Fixed Prosthodontics
  2. Implant Prosthodontics
  3. Removable Prosthodontics
  4. Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

pros·the·sis \pro˘s-thē′si˘s\ n, plses (1900)

  1. an artificial replacement of an absent part of the human body
  2. a therapeutic device to improve or alter function
  3. a device used to aid in accomplishing a desired surgical result Editorial note: The taxonomy of the word prostheses is as complex as are the varieties of items made by humans for any utilitarian purpose. While classification of botanical or zoological species can be relatively precise due to the common nature of genetic derivation (including descriptions of genetic alterations), such is not the case with respect to many things made by humans. One has only to think about the range of forms used in the course of human history classified as “items of transportation” to be convinced of the complexity and frequently transient nature of such a mode as the automobile! With respect to dentistry, the noun prosthesis generally is described first by a type adjective (dental, maxillofacial or ancillary) and frequently second by use of one or more additional adjectives (termed modifiers) to clarify such matters as anatomic location, form, materials, means of retention, support, time of usage, or other items. Using coordinate adjectives (two or more adjectives separated by a comma, instead of by coordinating conjunctions) to assist in further description of the prosthesis is helpful but should generally be limited to three or at most four for convenience in maintaining understanding of the noun prosthesis. Frequently, an adjective clause <descriptor> can be used following the word prosthesis to help clarify such issues as the nature of the support [i.e. tooth number(s), dental implant number(s)] available for the prosthesis. A descriptor is something (a word, phrase or characteristic feature) that serves to identify or describe; especially a word or phrase (as an index term) used to identify an item in an information retrieval system. Use of acronyms to describe a prosthesis is to be discouraged since such descriptors do not transfer between languages and thus can be easily misunderstood.
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