Vision, Mission & Purpose

Shared Vision

Everyone can enjoy the confidence, fullness of life, and overall well-being that comes from a healthy mouth and an attractive smile.


The American College of Prosthodontists empowers member success, promotes education, research, and clinical practice of prosthodontics, and drives continuous improvement in the restoration of teeth and orofacial structures to enhance oral health outcomes.

The ACP has more than 3,800 members and affiliates internationally including prosthodontists, dental technicians, dental students, and other dental professionals who have significantly contributed to the specialty.


Founded in 1970, the American College of Prosthodontists is a not-for-profit organization qualifying under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 198, as amended (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). The ACP was created to represent the needs and interests of prosthodontists within organized dentistry, and to the public, by providing opportunities for dialogue, education, advancement, and improvement of all aspects of prosthodontics through meetings and educational courses, communications, publications, and other programs and activities.

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards recognizes prosthodontics as a dental specialty. The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty association where membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics.

Representing a unified voice for the specialty, the ACP regularly communicates and interacts with the ADA, 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 impacting the specialty and the future of prosthodontic education.

The College supports three affiliate organizations that are working together to advance the prosthodontic specialty: the ACP Education Foundation, the American Board of Prosthodontics, and the Prosthodontic Forum.

2019-21 Strategic Plan

The College and the ACP Education Foundation are aligned in a strategic plan that envisions the following outcomes:


All existing and inactive sections are active and engaged, providing members with clearly communicated opportunities to become involved in regional section activity and pathways to leadership. Where feasible, all states have an active functioning section, and in states in which it is not possible to have a section, members are supported to use new activity resources and find ways to engage even without a formal local section.


An increased percentage of members are taking advantage of best-in-class training, which provides resources and support, to stay on the cutting edge of best prosthodontic practices, to better utilize current and emerging technological advances (including digital dentistry) and improve practice management skills to more effectively treat patients and improve health outcomes.


The College has launched a formal leadership development program to enhance members’ leadership skills, making them more effective and impactful leaders in their personal and professional lives.


Prosthodontics is recognized by key stakeholders (including other specialties, general dentists, healthcare organizations, corporate partners, governing bodies, and the general public) as a valued partner, leader, and go-to resource in delivering high-quality patient oral health outcomes, advancing technological and procedural innovations, and driving improvements in the standards of care in dentistry.


The College is financially and operationally sound, leveraging opportunities to diversify funding, increase revenue, monetize thought leadership and strengthen human capital to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the organization.

This strategic plan will guide the aligned activities of the College and Foundation through 2021.