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What is a prosthodontist? Who will I see?

A prosthodontist is a dental specialist. A prosthodontist is considered to be an expert in implant dentistry, restorative dentistry, dentures, and cosmetic dentistry.


A prosthodontist can restore optimum appearance to your teeth and replace missing teeth. Prosthodontists have an additional three years of advanced education. This additional training is completed through a university or hospital based full-time program. Dentists in this kind of training receive extensive classroom instruction, complete clinical treatment of patients, and participate in laboratory courses. Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation.


Dr. Valerie Cooper’s prosthodontics training and Master of Science in Dentistry was completed at The Ohio State University in 2009. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at The Ohio State University in 2006. Dr. Cooper was selected for Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society, as well as received several awards for general clinical and academic excellence. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Biology, also from The Ohio State University, 2002. Currently, she is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, and serves on the board of directors for the Dayton Dental Society.


Colonel Mathews graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry in 1978. He joined the United States Public Health Service, completing a General Practice Residency and serving at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He then joined the U.S. Army where he was commissioned a second lieutenant in Field Artillery. After completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and Airborne and Ranger Schools he was stationed in Germany with the 1/94 FA. After a stint in private practice, Colonel Mathews completed a residency in prosthodontics at the University of Iowa. He joined the Air Force in August 1990 and became board certified in prosthodontics in 1993. He completed a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio in 2000. During his next assignment he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, finishing his tour as the commander of the EMEDS plus 10 hospital. Colonel Mathews helped resurrect the Keesler AEGD program after Hurricane Katrina. He has served as a Laboratory Flight Commander and AEGD Training Officer in various assignments throughout the Air Force.



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