What’s the difference between a prosthodontist and a general dentist?

Not all dental professionals offer the same services or experience. Usually, patients don’t research the differences between dental specialists until it counts — when you need top-quality dental and oral care for you or a loved one. At the Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Abraham Stein holds advanced training to practice dental prosthodontics as a board-certified prosthodontist. Learn more about this important dental specialty below.

If you are looking for advanced restorative care in the Skokie, IL, area, consider The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss offer comprehensive dental care with experience restoring the health and beauty of smiles in the greater Chicago area. Contact us today to schedule your consultation, and visit our New Patient page for additional information.

Understanding Dental Prosthodontics

Dental prosthodontics is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Dr. Stein’s experience in prosthodontics means that he is uniquely qualified to diagnose and plan treatment and maintenance for Skokie, IL patients suffering from missing or deteriorated teeth. He can improve the overall function, health and appearance of teeth.

What's the difference between a dentist and a prosthodontist?

Understanding prosthodontics starts with the name itself. “Prostho” means replacement and “dontist” refers to teeth. Prosthodontists are truly “architects of a smile” and can help restore and improve the appearance of not just the teeth, but the other soft or supportive tissues that play an important role in creating a naturally beautiful smile. Whether just one tooth or several teeth require restoration, prosthodontists are the recognized dental specialist experts.

Prosthodontist Training

General dentists must first complete a bachelor’s degree before advancing to dental school. Then, four years are spent at an accredited dental school, where candidates become qualified as a general dentist through a DMD or DDS degree. General dentists then begin practicing dental medicine while prosthodontist candidates continue with additional education. The prosthodontist candidates complete an additional three years of education and residency in an accredited prosthodontic graduate program. This three-year period focuses on the skillful reconstruction and cosmetic restoration of teeth and gums. After successfully completing the graduate program, candidates must pass an examination provided by the American Board of Prosthodontics before receiving board certification as a prosthodontist.

In short, prosthodontists are general dentists, with additional training and education. Because of this, they can also provide general dentistry services for patients in addition to more specific restorative care.

Dental Treatment Specialties

General dentists perform a variety of preventive, minor restorative, and cosmetic procedures. Typically, patients will see a general dentist for routine examinations and may be referred to a prosthodontist if complex restorative work is needed.

Common dental prosthodontic treatments include dental implants, dental crowns, dental bridges or dentures. It’s common for prosthodontists to work with other dentists and dental specialists such as periodontists or endodontists in orchestrating a complete smile restoration.

When to See a Prosthodontist

Patients who require restorative work beyond a simple filling should consider seeing a prosthodontist. They offer experience and training that can ensure your full mouth reconstruction or total smile makeover is as functional, beautiful, and natural-looking as possible.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Skokie, IL Prosthodontist

If you are looking for a skilled prosthodontist in the greater Chicago, IL area, consider Dr. Abraham Stein of the Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Stein is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society and has completed over 1,500 All-On-4® immediate load implant cases during his career. He can help you rebuild a stronger smile you’ll be proud to show off. Request your appointment today!

We’re here for you.

Dr. Abraham E. Stein

4711 W. Golf Rd, Suite 912
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 676-3500

Located at the corner of Skokie Blvd and Golf Rd., adjacent to the Double Tree hotel

Providing Dental Care For the Communities of:

Skokie, Evanston, Des Plaines, Wilmette, Niles, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Northfield, Winnetka

Convenient Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: Call for hours

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Dr. Abraham E. Stein

From start to finish, a fabulous experience (sounds like an oxymoron when talking about "dental visits", but actually true). From stepping in and encountering a superbly run front desk and incredible dental hygienist (whom I have seen for 20+ years), great dental assistants, and of course the master himself -- Dr. Stein. He has done amazing things to my 65+ year-old choppers such that they are in the top tier of my peers. Need I say more?

Paul Ringel, M.D. Skokie, IL Dental Patient October 20, 2017

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