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What is a Prosthodontist?

One of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Prosthodontics (pros-tho-don'-tics) is dedicated to the restoration and enhancement of teeth. Tooth loss creates both aesthetic and functional problems, resulting in unwanted changes to your facial appearance, as well as a detrimental effect on your chewing abiity, confidence and self-esteem. A Prosthodontist is dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

Because every mouth is unique, most Prosthodontic work must be performed by hand with painstaking detail. This work is performed by Dr. Silvaggio daily in his on-site laboratory. From color matching with existing teeth, to properly sculpting replacement teeth, the work of a prosthodontist requires great skill. This is why a Prosthodontist receives an additional 3 years of formal training at an accredited institution after completing dental school. Less than 1% of dentists in the United States are Prosthodontists.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, Dr. Christian Silvaggio attended his Prosthodontics training at one of the top ranked accredited graduate programs in the United States, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After completing his training, he went on to become Board Certified and currently is the only private practice Board Certified Prosthodontist in Lancaster, PA. Dr. Silvaggio has the expertise and extensive training in both the aesthetic and procedural challenges of restorative, implant and cosmetic dentistry.

If you would like more information on the specialty of Prosthodontics please vist the American College of Prosthodontists website at www.gotoapro.org.

When would you need the care of a Prosthodontist?

Simply put, you need the skills and training of a Board Certified Prosthodontist like Dr. Christian Silvaggio, if:

  • You are missing one or more teeth.
  • You are interested in dental implants.
  • You wear dentures or removable partial dentures.
  • You want to improve the esthetics of your smile.

Why entrust a Board Certified Prosthodontist like Dr. Christian Silvaggio with your smile?

Only 30% of Prosthodontists undergo the rigorous requirements to become Board Certified. In order to become Board Certified, a Prosthodontist must successfully complete extensive examinations administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Silvaggio successfully completed all four parts of the boards including: written and oral examinations in Prosthodontic theory and literature; the presentation of three different patient treatments, documented from beginning to end of treatment; and examinations regarding the rationale of this treatment. As a Diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Prosthodontist must successfully complete a re-certification examination every eight years.

Board Certification assures you that you are receiving treatment from the most experienced dental professionals. Dr. Silvaggio is a dental specialist that is uniquely qualified to not only restore the appearance of your smile, but also the ability to help you regain optimum function of your teeth.
Dr. Silvaggio's state-of-the-art Prosthodontic practice specializes in aesthetic (cosmetic), restorative, and implant dentistry.

If you would like more information regarding the American Board of Prosthodontics please visit their website at www.prosthodontics.org/abp.

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