Kent T. Ochiai DDS, PhD
Alexander C. Gavrila, DDS
Prosthodontic, Restorative and Implant Dentistry

What Is A Prosthodontist?

Santa Ana Prosthodontics & Implant Dentistry


A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with an expertise in restoration dentistry and the replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive an extra three years of intense dental training beyond the regular four years of dental school in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. With their advanced training prosthodontists can restore your smile and improve your appearance using prosthodontic treatments to fix, broken, discolored or misshaped teeth and associated tooth structures. Prosthodontics also known as Prosthetic Dentistry is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the ADA and of the 170,000 dentists in the United States only roughly 3,200 of them are prosthodontists.

Santa Ana prosthodontist's Dr. Kent Ochiai and Dr. Alex Gavrila is proud to provide multiple levels of care and works closely with dental patients farem the initial exam all the way through treatment and into after care. Prosthodontist’s help create a comprehensive treatment plan to provide patients with an understanding of the options available for the best level of treatment and are considered the “problem solvers” of restorative dentistry. We are proud to provide prosthodontic services including but not limited to:

Patients often are unaware that some dentists perform reconstructive dental work after receiving a short training course on a particular procedure. The benefit of consulting a prosthodontist is that you can rest assured your dentist has received an extra three years of intense, formal training beyond regular dental school.

With modern day dentistry a prosthodontist can restore broken, decayed, worn and discolored teeth to their original strength and color. Options including crowns/caps, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and dental implants allow a qualified dentist to restore your smile and reclaim the function of your teeth.

Patients born without certain teeth or those who have lost their teeth because of disease, injury, and wear as a result of clenching or grinding should seek advice from a prosthodontist. For more information please contact our office or you may request an appointment online.

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