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What is a Prosthodontist?

Dr. Alan B. Sheiner is a Board-Certified Prosthodontist
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A prosthodontist has completed advanced education and intensive training beyond the standard norms of the dental degree. It is one of nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Less than 2% of practicing dentists in the US are prosthodontists; dental specialists for the restoration and replacement of teeth. Dr. Sheiner is also fellowship trained and experienced in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, a subspecialty that involves rehabilitation of patients with defects or disabilities present at birth or acquired due to trauma or disease.

While many general dentists can provide basic restorative care, prosthodontists bring a different level of education, skill, and perspective – especially significant with complex situations. If you think of a prosthodontist as a plastic surgeon – where a family practitioner might be able to treat a small defect, most people would seek the care of a plastic surgery specialist to take advantage of the difference in training and skill level.

Board Certified means that in addition to completing the program requirements to be held out as specialists in their field, Board Certified Prosthodontists have also passed very rigorous multi part written, oral and clinical examinations assessing their requisite knowledge and skill to provide high quality patient care.

About Dr. Alan Sheiner

Alan Sheiner
Dr. Alan Sheiner attended Stuyvesant High School, Columbia College, and New York University College of Dentistry. While at Columbia, Dr. Sheiner played football and earned a varsity letter in heavyweight crew. At NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Sheiner was first in his class each year of attendance.

Dr. Sheiner completed a General Practice Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. He went on to a two year Residency in Prosthodontics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and was a Clinical Fellow of the American Cancer Society. He completed a one year Fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics, also at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Academic Appointments
Dr. Sheiner was for many years a Clinical Assistant Professor at The Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where he was also an Assistant Attending Dentist and a member of the Cleft Palate Board and Board of Directors of the Association of the Attending Staff. For years Dr. Sheiner taught dental residents at Mt. Sinai, where he was also on the faculty for graduate courses and course Director for Branemark Implant Certification courses.

Professional Affiliations
Dr. Sheiner is Board Certified in Prosthodontics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. He is a member of many organizations: The New York County Dental Society, the Dental Society of the State of New York, the American Dental Association, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the American College of Dentists, and the American College of Prosthodontists. He has authored articles for the professional literature, and has made numerous presentations at regional, national, and international meetings.

Alan Sheiner
Alan Sheiner
Awards and Honors

  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon election
  • Class of 1951 Memorial Award (for attaining the highest scholastic average during freshman year at NYU College of Dentistry)
  • National Alpha Omega Fraternity Award (for attaining the highest scholastic average throughout attendance at NYU College of Dentistry)
  • The Alumni Prize (for graduating first in his class at NYU College of Dentistry)
  • New York City Health Research Training Fellowship
  • American Society of Dentistry for Children Award
  • American Association of Orthodontists Award
  • American Society of Dental Roentgenology Award
  • Clinical Fellow of the American Cancer Society
  • Clinic Award, Dallas Midwinter Clinic Program
  • The Best Dentists in America ("Prosthodontics") – selected by his peers
  • NY Top Docs selection - Prosthodontics


Dr. Alan B. Sheiner is Affiliated with the Following Organizations

New York County Dental Society
New York State Dental Society
American Dental Associations
American College of Prosthodondists