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Top La Jolla Prosthodontists and Why You Should Choose a Prosthodontist

Prosthodontics, sometimes called prosthetic dentistry, is the design, manufacturing, fitting and placement of artificial replacement pieces and parts to naturally occurring teeth and parts of the mouth; it is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Common procedures and replacements conducted by prosthodontists include but are not limited to the crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures, and dental implants. They are also often sought out to address sleep disorder issues and solutions, repair damage to the mouth and teeth caused by a cleft palate, and fix issues caused by traumatic mouth injuries.

In the United Sates dentists are required to complete three to four years of post-graduate studies on top of their general dentistry education. Due to the extremely complex nature of this specialty, prosthodontists are also required to complete a vigorous testing regiment comprised of a written test and multiple oral exams taken over a two year period; because of this, only a small number of dentists pursue this specialty. There are currently only 3200 certified prosthodontists in the United States. In comparison to the 170,000 general dentists, this small number shows just how specialized this field really is.

While some states have one a handful of certified prosthetic dentists, local residents have their choice of a number of qualified prosthodontists in the La Jolla area. Dr. Stanley Nakumura has been practicing prosthodontics for nearly 30 years. He received his dentistry degree from the University of Southern California and his prosthodontic certificate from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is an active participant in many dentistry related organizations such as the American Dental Society Association and the San Diego County Dental Society.

Another dental office local La Jolla prosthodontist who accounts for the prosthodontics portion for the Scripps Center for Dental Care dentistry team. He received his doctorate for the University of Texas Health Sciences and fulfilled his postgraduate prosthodontics requirement at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He them went on to serve twelve years in the United States Navy and was the head of the general dentistry residency and the world's largest naval base in Norfolk, Virginia.

Luckily there are plenty of certified prosthodontists in La Jolla and a large pool of quality candidates available locally. The issues that prosthodontists treat are typically very complicated and serious. It is imperative that patients seek out a qualified and experienced La Jolla dentist and check all credentials before allowing anyone to work on their teeth.


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