Why Choose a Prosthodontist in Boston, MA? By James Stein on October 02, 2022

an older man smiles broadlyWe place a lot of trust in our medical providers, and dentists are no exception. Although dentists are highly-trained and skilled professionals, they lack the specialized training to address complicated or intricate dental procedures. So, why choose a prosthodontist? Choose a prosthodontist for the unparalleled expertise and highly personalized care you deserve.

For over 30 years, James M. Stein, DMD, has been providing exceptional dental care for patients living in the greater Boston, MA, area. With numerous restorative and cosmetic solutions, Dr. Stein can help patients repair significantly damaged teeth, address tooth loss, and enhance their oral and overall health.  

Here, Dr. Stein tells you why choosing a prosthodontist is the best way to restore the appearance, function, and comfort of your smile. Even minor differences between general dentistry and prosthetic dentistry can add up to major improvements in the quality and outcome of your care. 

What Is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental professional specializing in dental prosthetics, such as:

  • Dental implants, bridges, and crowns
  • Veneers
  • Full and partial dentures

Their unique training and experience allows them to address severe dental damage and complex oral health issues, including:

  • Oral and maxillofacial injuries
  • Mouth reconstruction after oral cancer 
  • Significant enamel erosion
  • Large cavities
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs)

Why Choose a Prosthodontist?

There are many reasons to choose a prosthodontist for your dental care, including:

  • Education and training
  • Experience
  • Optimal results

Education and Training

More education and training is required of a prosthodontist than a general dentist. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, a prosthodontist must have a bachelor’s degree before attending dental school. 

Then, they must pursue at least three years of additional training from a Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA-approved) prosthodontics program before legally practicing in the United States. All in all, a prosthodontist receives between 11 and 13 years of education and training, whereas a dentist receives approximately eight years of education and training. 


Prosthodontists are specialists. This means that they have unique experience with specific oral health issues and intricate procedures that general dentists may not have much (or any) experience with. 

Subsequently, patients should choose a prosthodontist if they:

  • Require a custom-made dental restoration
  • Need full-mouth rehabilitation
  • Have extensive dental damage
  • Want to address complicated oral health issues

Optimal Results

When a prosthodontist combines their education, training, and experiences, they become a highly-specialized provider that offers unmatched expertise. This means that they provide a level of care tailored to your exact needs, aesthetic, and lifestyle that a general dentist may not be able to offer. Therefore, patients with significant dental damage and complex oral health conditions should consider a prosthodontist over a general dentist. 

Meet Our Prosthodontist in Boston, MA

You deserve superior dental care. Give your mouth and body the care they deserve with our prosthodontist in Boston, MA. Dr. James M. Stein can help you address tooth loss, repair dental damage, and explore all of your restorative options. Simply send us a message or call (617) 227-6076 to schedule an appointment.

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James M. Stein, DMD

Our dental practice has been trusted by Boston patients for over 30 years. Together, Dr. James M. Stein and Brett E. Stein are members of various renowned organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Massachusetts Dental Society
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Prosthodontists

If you are ready to achieve optimal oral and overall health, call our office at (617) 227-6076 or request an appointment online.

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