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Maxillofacial Prosthodontist

Restructure and improve your clients' smiles.

What does a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist do?

As a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist, you’re in the business of sculpting smiles that can light up a room. A Cosmetologist of the mouth, you work on improving the teeth and jaw structure of patients who have misshapen jaws due to injuries or birth defects. American Dental Association (ADA) certification is required to work in this field, so you’re more than just an Artist of dentistry. You’re an Artist who means business when you’re a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist.

Patients seek your Maxillofacial Prosthodontist help for everything from chipped teeth to jaw pain to deformities. Whether because it hurts or simply because they’re unhappy with the way they look, patients come to you for treatment of various problems dealing with the structure of the jaw and teeth.

A typical day in your life entails examining patients and shaping crowns or dentures to replace lost teeth or cover cracked ones. Certain days of the week are devoted to more intensive treatments for those with jaw problems. Surgery may be required, and you consult with an Oral Surgeon who performs the procedure, after which you follow up with patients and provide the necessary equipment – such as false teeth – to finish up the job.

Though it’s technically a medical field, maxillofacial prosthodontics is also a cosmetic field. While surgery aims to reduce pain and fix health problems, your branch of dentistry focuses on improving a patient’s appearance and boosting his self-esteem.