Prosthodontics Expert Witnesses
The expertise attorneys need in oral and maxillofacial restoration
Prosthodontics, also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry, is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues. Prosthodontists are specialists in tooth restoration and replacement using prostheses (artificial teeth) and implant-supported restorations.
In the United States, prosthodontists must earn a dental degree (DMD or DDS), followed by a three-year prosthodontic residency program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Board Certification in prosthodontics is administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP).
Maxillofacial prosthodontics is a sub-specialty of prosthodontics that requires an additional one-year fellowship training. Maxillofacial prosthodontists treat patients who have acquired congenital defects of the head and neck (maxillofacial) region due to cancer, surgery, trauma, and/or birth defects.
The role of a prosthodontist as an expert witness
Many types of personal injury and work injury cases involve dental injuries, tooth loss, or damage to the face and jaw. A prosthodontist can offer expert testimony on the cause of a dental injury as well as its extent. Prosthodontists can also testify about appropriate treatment options for the patient's dental injury, including restorative procedures, prosthetic devices (such as dental implants or dentures), and other interventions, and describe the cost, potential complications, and long-term prognosis for such interventions.
In addition, in cases involving medical malpractice by a prosthodontist, a Board-Certified prosthodontist expert witness can explain the applicable standards of care and opine on whether those standards were met or breached by the defendant.
Find the right expert with Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants
We’ve been working with many of America’s finest personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys for decades. Our network includes Board-Certified prosthodontists who are available for both consultation and deposition or trial testimony. If you need a prosthodontist for a potential legal matter, contact us for a free case summary review.