Advocacy News   August 24, 2020

Parameters of Care for the Specialty of Prosthodontics


Earlier this summer, the American College of Prosthodontists published the 'Parameters of Care for the Specialty of Prosthodontics.' The specialty is defined by these parameters, which you can read in full in the Journal of Prosthodontics or at Prosthodontics.org.

The Parameters of Care continue to reflect the clinical practice, an active philosophy of patient care, learning, and certification that represents prosthodontics. Advances in digital technologies have led to new methods in all aspects of care. Advances in the application of dental materials to replace missing teeth and supporting tissues require broadening the scope of care regarding the materials selected for patient treatment needs.

Merging traditional prosthodontics with innovation means that new materials, new technology, and new approaches must be integrated within the scope of prosthodontic care, including surgical aspects, especially regarding dental implants. This growth occurred while emphasis continued on interdisciplinary referral, collaboration, and care.

This edition of the Parameters of Care for the Specialty of Prosthodontics incorporates an additional seven prosthodontic parameters, added to reflect the changes in clinical practice and fully support the changes in accreditation standards. The parameters describe diagnoses related to prosthodontic practice and how contemporary prosthodontists manage those clinical conditions.

This important work again highlights the importance of prosthodontists as leaders and collaborators in clinical practice.


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