What Is A Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the restoration or replacement of missing teeth in order to restore optimum function and appearance and whose education includes not only aesthetic and cosmetic procedures but also training in head, neck, and jaw anatomy.


Prosthodontists finish dental school and then complete a three or four year ADA-accredited residency. Training consists of rigorous preparation in head and neck anatomy, materials science, aesthetics, and occlusion (bite). They receive extensive training and clinical experience in fabricating crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, and dental implants.

They also receive training in treating: temporomadibular disorders (TMD) of the jaw, traumatic injuries, congenital or birth anomalies, jaw reconstruction, and sleep apnea.

Board Certified

Dr. Moglianesi is a Board Certified prosthodontist. To be certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics a doctor must pass a comprehensive written exam as well as present and defend three patient cases to a board of examiners, all of whom are experienced Board Certified prosthodontists. Those who succeed become a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

The process can take up to four years, and even after certification Diplomates must recertify every eight years and demonstrate their commitment to professional education by attending or presenting scientific lectures or publishing articles. Dr. Moglianesi is a widely recognized and sought after expert in prosthodontics.

Board Certification indicates a professional at the pinnacle of expertise. Dr. Moglianesi is one of the experts that other prosthodontists seek out. He travels extensively to lecture at professional conferences.