WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Efterpi (Effie) Zantopoulos Deegan of Deegan Dental received her Certificate of Prosthodontics from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), after attending dental school there as well. She is an alumnus of Rutgers- Newark College of Arts and Sciences and West Orange High School. Dr. Deegan is half-time faculty at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, since 2008, and a faculty advisor for Gamma Pi Delta, the prosthodontics honor society. Dr. Deegan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and participates in several dental study clubs. She speaks Greek, Romanian, Spanish and some French. “I’ve wanted to be a dentist since I was 6 years old, so I’m ‘Living the dream!’
Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. It pertains to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues.
A prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced training and education in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. They specialize in treating and handling dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more.
Why Make Deegan Dental Your One Stop Dental Office?
Dr. Deegan specializes in restoring damaged or missing teeth, using expert knowledge of head and neck anatomy and the latest in material sciences and current technology to ensure you receive the best level of care. After completing dental school, Dr. Deegan, a prosthodontist, completed several years of additional rigorous training in full mouth rehabilitation, including crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and partial removable dentures, “All-0n-4”, dental implants and teeth in a day. Additionally, she was trained in TMJ, sleep apnea and maxillofacial reconstruction.
The American Board of Prosthodontics administers a comprehensive four part exam, which often can take several years to complete. Board Certification indicates the pinnacle of expertise in the field of Prosthodontics. Thereafter, a prosthodontist must re-certify every 8 years, demonstrating their commitment to education.