THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PROSTHODONTISTS
Founded in 1970, the American College of Prosthodontists is a non-profit educational and scientific organization created to represent the needs and interests of Prosthodontists within organized dentistry and to the public by providing a means for stimulating awareness and interest in the field of Prosthodontics. It is the goal of the ACP to be the global resource for all aspects of the specialty.
As the ADA-recognized organization for the specialty of Prosthodontics, the ACP has developed a number of tangible and intangible benefits for the dental professional. The Journal of Prosthodontics is one of the most respected scientific journals. The Prosthodontic Forum puts members in touch with other association members via the Internet to discuss “hot topics” and exchange information. The ACP Annual Session provides access to renowned educational offerings and the latest innovations and technologies.
The American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) is the certifying body of the specialty responsible for examining and certifying those individuals who have the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to become board-certified specialists.
The ACP regularly communicates and interacts with the ADA, especially with the Council on Dental Education and Licensure and the Commission on Dental Accreditation as well as other dental specialty organizations to discuss, support and influence key issues affecting the specialty of Prosthodontics.
The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty organization where membership is based solely on education credentials, where members must be in or have completed an ADA-accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics. The ACP currently has over 2,700 members in North America and abroad. Membership is based on the following criteria: Students (must have completed dental school and be in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic education program), Member (must have completed dental school plus three additional years in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic education program), Fellow (must have completed dental school plus three additional years in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic education program, and be certified by the ABP), Life (any prosthodontist who meet the above requirements for Member/Fellow status, but is currently retired from the specialty or prosthodontics and has been in the practice for at least 15 years or 10 consecutive years, or has reached the age 65), and Honorary (any individual who does not meet the criteria for any of the above categories, but has made a significant contribution to the specialty of prosthodontics).
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Extensive training and education provide prosthodontists with the skills for restoring optimum function and aesthetics to your smile. These include: crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures and/or teeth, snoring and sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.
To continually increase knowledge within the membership as well as others within the discipline, the college recently formed an alliance with certified dental technicians. The ACP Certified Dental Technician Alliance is a forum of certified dental technicians created within the college to foster a team-building mechanism between prosthodontists and their technician partners. This alliance will promote the exchange of industry news and standards, offer communications and continuing education for both prosthodontists and certified dental technicians, and reinforce the commitment that both groups share in providing optimal patient care.
To learn more about prosthodontists and to schedule a visit with Dr. EDward M. Amet, contact Reconstructive and Implant Dental Center, our prosthodontics office in Overland Park, Kansas, at 913-492-2233 today.