Prosthodontists are experts in restoring and replacing teeth.  Individuals who have lost teeth due to an accident or old age, or have tooth deformities, often seek the help of a prosthodontist to help restore their smiles.  Some examples of the procedures that prosthodontists perform are placing ceramic crowns or caps on teeth, placing veneers on teeth to conceal defects, changing the shape of a tooth, bleaching teeth, dental implants, replacing lost teeth, and creating partial and full dentures.  Prosthodontists also help individuals with snoring and sleep disorders, as well various joint disorders that affect the mouth.  The self-esteem of an individual is greatly affected by the appearance of his or her smile and can often cause stress or embarrassment, so the job of a prosthodontist is extremely important in helping to restore self-confidence. 

To become a prosthodontist, you must complete four years of dental school plus an extra three years of specialized training in an American Dental Association accredited graduate program.