Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, restoration, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.

The Fellowship Examination in Prosthodontics will evaluate a candidate’s ability to demonstrate expertise in Prosthodontics consistent with the high standards of practice.

The standard used by examiners in judging candidates’ performance is the reasonable, ethical, and prudent practice of Prosthodontists in Canada for the diagnosis, preservation, restoration, and maintenance of oral and contiguous structures.


For more general information on the specialty of Prosthodontics, please refer to the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada.

Examination Information

The Fellowship Examination will be an oral examination which is primarily designed to assess the candidate’s ability to make appropriate clinical decisions when managing individual patients. Clinical decision making ability will be evaluated with the presentation of cases and clinical situations and asking standardized oral questions that reflect the relative importance of that clinical decision as covered in the broad spectrum of Prosthodontic topics.

ElementDuration
Part 1: Oral Examination1 hour 
Part 2: Oral Examination1 hour

Topics for Review

The topics listed below are suggested as a guideline only and should not limit candidates’ review of the Prosthodontic literature in preparation for the Examination. Please note that all domains may not necessarily appear in every examination.

Domains

  • Removable Complete Dental Prosthesis
  • Removable Partial Dental Prosthesis
  • Fixed Dental Prosthesis Supported by Natural Teeth
  • Dental Implant Supported Prosthesis
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • General Prosthetic Principles

Sub-Domains

  • Basic Science Topics
  • Pre-prosthetic Patient Assessment
  • Pre-prosthetic procedures and/or referrals
  • Treatment Planning Treatment Procedures
  • Prosthetic Design Principles and Theories
  • Laboratory Procedures and Techniques
  • Occlusion Theories
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
  • Post Prosthetic Management
  • Digital dental methods as they relate to the practice of Prosthodontics

Prosthodontic ‘Sub-discipline’ Definitions

Fixed Prosthodontics is the branch of Prosthodontics concerned with the replacement and/or restoration of teeth by artificial substitutes that are not removable from the mouth by the patient.

Removable Prosthodontics is the branch of Prosthodontics concerned with the replacement of teeth and contiguous structures for edentulous or partially edentulous patients by artificial substitutes that are removable from the mouth by the patient.

Implant Prosthodontics is the branch of Prosthodontics concerned with the replacement of teeth and contiguous structures by artificial substitutes partially or completely supported and/or retained by alloplastic implants.

Maxillofacial Prosthetics is the branch of Prosthodontics concerned with the restoration and/or replacement of stomatognathic and associated facial structures by artificial substitutes that may or may not be removed by the patient.

Candidate Study Guide

The intent of this guide is to provide the candidate with an understanding of the format in which questions may be asked during the Fellowship Examination. The content used in these sample questions is used for illustrative purposes only, and should not be construed as an example of the level of difficulty of the examination questions.

Study Guide

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