Mission & Purpose


Prosthodontists are specialists in the restoration and replacement of missing teeth and oral/facial structures with natural, esthetic, and functional replacements. This includes surgical implant placement, the simple to most complex implant supported restorations, laboratory and clinical training in esthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, removable complete and partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth's structures, and congenital or birth anomalies, as well as oral cancer prosthetic reconstruction and continuing care.

The mission of the American College of Prosthodontists is to:

  • promote the highest standard of patient care;
  • advance the art and science of prosthodontics;
  • promote the specialty of prosthodontics to the public, other dentists, and health care professionals;
  • ensure the quality of prosthodontic education; and
  • provide professional services to its membership.

The ACP inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, lifelong learning, research, advocacy, leadership, communication, and service.

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 American Dental Association recognizes the ACP as the organization for the specialty of prosthodontics, and 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 ADA-accredited advanced education program in prosthodontics.

Representing a unified voice for the specialty, 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 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.