There are nine dental specialties recognized by the Canadian and American Dental Associations. Prosthodontics is one of them. A Prosthodontist has specialist level training far beyond that of general dentists in areas of restorative dentistry that include: crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, esthetics, dental and facial birth and developmental defects, trauma damage, jaw dysfuctions and temporomandibular joint disturbances. Prosthodontists are also extensively trained in the technical aspects of laboratory fabrication of complex dental prosthetics and complex restoration of dental and facial esthetics.
There are two universities in Canada that offer Prosthodontic training programs. These post-graduate programs are are demanding and expensive and are limited to only several select number of graduate dentists per year. Acceptance into these programs is difficult to achieve. Even after completing the post-graduate programs, strict national standardization retesting is administered by a central National Examining Board, the Royal College of Dentists of Canada before a dentist can be recognized as Certified. Some Prosthodontists are never able to achieve full certification. When you attend a Certified Specialist you know that your doctor has gone through a very rigorous and difficult road to become highly accomplished.
Look for this RCDC (C) Certified Specialist Fellowship Designation!