Prosthodontics is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, restoration, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.


The NDSE in prosthodontics evaluates your ability to demonstrate expertise in prosthodontics consistent with the high standards of practice.


Canadian prosthodontists are required to have broad knowledge and skills in six domains of the prosthodontics examination blueprint. The blueprint below presents the six domains and the approximate percentage of the questions covered by each domain. 

Prosthodontic Blueprint

Approximate %
of questions

Removable Complete Dental Prosthesis 10
Removable Partial Dental Prosthesis 10
Fixed Dental Prosthesis Supported by Natural Teeth 20
Dental Implant Supported Prosthesis 30
Maxillofacial Prosthetics 5
General Prosthetic Principles 25
Total 100%


The examination will consist of two three-hour parts. Part 1 will include a set of short- and long-answer questions that assess general knowledge. Part 2 will include a set of case-based questions that assess clinical skills (diagnostic and clinical decision-making ability).