Prosthodontist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Constructs oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking and to improve appearance.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Replaces missing teeth and associated oral structures with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or removable fixtures, such as dentures.
  • Fits prostheses to patients, making any necessary adjustments and modifications.
  • Designs and fabricates dental prostheses, or supervises dental technicians and laboratory bench workers who construct the devices.
  • Measures and takes impressions of patients' jaws and teeth to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses, using face bows, dental articulators, recording devices, and other materials.
  • Collaborates with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.
  • Repairs, relines, or rebases dentures.
  • Restores function and aesthetics to traumatic injury victims, or to individuals with diseases or birth defects.
  • Uses bonding technology on the surface of the teeth to change tooth shape or to close gaps.
  • Treats facial pain and jaw joint problems.
  • Places veneers onto teeth to conceal defects.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Exposed to radiation more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Dentist -- Diagnoses and treats disorders of the teeth and mouth.