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Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Extensive education and training is required to practice as a prosthodontist. Most prosthodontists have eight to ten years of education coupled with hands-on training in a residency in prosthodontics before starting to practice. The work requires a combination of skills and knowledge. Prosthodontists must be up to date on current techniques, tools, materials, and technologies used in prosthodontics. They must have deep knowledge of dental defects and disorders, as well as injuries, diseases, and deformities, and know how to diagnose and treat patients. They know how to work with various chemical substances and processes. Also essential in this job is the desire to care for patients and help reduce and eliminate their pain. Strong interpersonal skills are needed to listen carefully to patients and to describe and discuss with them treatment options and recommendations. People who do best in this type of work are able to think logically and critically, identify and solve complex problems, take time to speak with and understand patients, and share information with others in clear, effective ways.

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