Component I consists of short answer questions that cover the broad spectrum of Prosthodontic topics as listed below. Examination content will be weighted to reflect topic importance as it relates to the academic knowledge base of Prosthodontics and clinical application of that knowledge to the Prosthodontic practice.
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. The topics listed below are subject to change and candidates should not limit the scope of their studying to this list.
Removable Complete Dental Prosthesis
Removable Partial Dental Prosthesis
Fixed Dental Prosthesis Supported by Natural Teeth
Dental Implant Supported Prosthesis
General Prosthetic Principles
Basic Science Topics
Pre-prosthetic Patient Assessment
Pre-prosthetic procedures and/or referrals
Prosthetic Design Principles and Theories
Laboratory Procedures and Techniques
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Post Prosthetic Management
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.
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.
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.
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 Component I of the National Dental Specialty 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.