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Prosthodontist School, Jobs, and Salary Information

Updated on January 28, 2012

A prosthodontist constructs dentures and other tooth-replacement prostheses. These are dentists with specialized education in dental prosthetics. As with all dentists, prosthodontists can earn a high average salary upon completion of advanced schooling.

A prosthodontist starts training by going to dental school. The American Dental Association accredits schools for dentists in the United States. This school typically lasts 4 years after initially obtaining a bachelor's degree. Prosthodontists can certainly work as regular dentists because they have the training, assuming that they have a state license to practice dentistry.

A prosthodontist then receives advanced training in dental prosthetics. These are generally schools that are part of a regularly accredited dental school. The American Dental Association also maintains a list of these prosthodontist schools on its website.

Using the page linked to below, select "All" for the state and "Prosthodontics" for the program to find all accredited prosthodontic schools. There are also programs that combine prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics under a different program section. You can check both lists one at a time to see all the schools where you may learn prosthodontics in the U.S.

There are relatively few prosthodontic jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 670 prosthodontist jobs in May of 2010. 550 of them were in dentist offices, while about 50 were employed by medical equipment and supplies manufacturers. Like most dentists, these oral prosthetic specialists are typically either self-employed and work as a solo practitioner or work as a partner in a professional dental partnership.

Interestingly, the average salary of a prosthodontist is less than that of a general practitioner in dentistry. However, depending on local requirements, it may be better to open a prosthodontic practice to serve area dentists that have existing patients.

Resources:

American Dental Association: List of Accredited Dental Schools in the United States

American Dental Association: List of Accredited Prosthodontist Schools

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Jobs and Salary for Prosthodontists

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