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Meet Dr. Shea
St. Louis, MO

Dr. Shea at St. Louis Prosthodontics in St. Louis, MO.

Meet prosthodontist Joseph F. Shea, DDS, MS

Director of St. Louis Prosthodontics

A personal message from Dr. Shea to current and prospective patients about the kind of care you can expect at the center:

To me, a big part of prosthodontics is about giving patients back their quality of life. You may not think about dentistry that way, but replacing teeth… creating a pleasing smile… giving a patient a better bite is more than just aesthetic. People are able to enjoy eating again. They speak more clearly. They gain self-confidence.

That’s why I spend time planning your care before we start anything. You’ll come away from the practice knowing we are going to do it well, we are going to do it right and we are going to do it so it will last.

Everyone in our office takes their part in treatment very seriously. But at the same time we try to practice in a relaxed environment. We also work hard to ensure you understand every part of your care, especially in cases where there are multiple doctors involved across a range of dental specialties.

Finally, I understand you may be concerned about the work you’re having done. I am just as concerned, not only about how your smile will look and function today, but how it will look and function years from now. That is the measure of true success.

Joseph F. Shea, DDS, MS

Director: St. Louis Prosthodontics

Diplomate: American Board of Prosthodontics

Fellow: American College of Prosthodontists, American College of Dentists

DDS: University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

MS in Prosthodontics: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Past President: Greater St. Louis Dental Society

Chairman: Prosthodontic Peer Review Committee

Participating Dentist: Dental Lifeline Network

Recipient: Dental Lifeline Network Humanitarian Award

Member: American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Greater St. Louis Dental Society

Active in lecturing to local study clubs and dental organizations.

Master of Science in Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

University of Michigan, 1989

Doctor of Dental Surgery

University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1982

Bachelor of Arts

University of Missouri - Columbia, 1978
Major: Biology

Private Practice

August 1989 to Present
Currently in private practice limited to prosthodontics and restorative dentistry.

Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics

June 1993

Missouri Specialty Examination in Prosthodontics

February 1990

Instructor A. T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health

August 2015 to June 2020
Assistant Professor, Prosthodontics Specialist. Responsibilities supervising clinical treatments in fixed and removable prosthodontics.

Instructor Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine

August 1990 to October 1992
Associate Clinical Instructor. Responsibilities include First Year Occlusion Lab Instructor, Treatment Plan Coordinator, and Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics Instructor.

Instructor St. John's Mercy Hospital General Practice Residency

August 1989 to December 2004
Active staff appointment at St. John's Mercy Hospital. Part-time position teaching general practice residents.

Graduate Studies University of Michigan

September 1987 to August 1989
Graduate School at the University of Michigan completed the Master of Science degree in Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry. Graduate program included extensive clinical practice and research. Thesis research project: "The effect of canine guidance angulation on mandibular movements."

Private Practice, General Dentistry

August 1982 to July 1987
Full-time private general dentistry practice in St. Louis, Missouri.
Secretary/Treasurer of South District of Dental Society 1985

Vice-President of South District 1986

Member of Board of Directors of The Foundation of the St. Louis Dental Society 1985-1987, 1998-2002

Secretary/Treasurer of Central District of Dental Society 1993

Vice-President of Central District 1994
President of Central District 1995

Board of Directors, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, 1996-1998

Second Vice-President, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, 1998-1999

First Vice-President, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, 1999-2000

President-Elect, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, 2001

President, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, 2002

Prosthodontic Specialty Examination Committee, 1993 -present

Chairman, Greater St. Louis Dental Society Annual Sessions Committee. Responsible for organizing 3-day meeting, annual Mid-Continent Dental Congress, 1995, 1999, 2012

Chairman, Prosthodontic Peer Review Committee, 1993 to present
Lead trainer for eastern Missouri for Missouri Expanded Function Dental Assistant courses, 2006-2015. Teach Missouri Expanded Function courses in office for Restorative I, Fixed Prosthodontics, and Removable Prosthodontics. Active in developing curriculum for Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Prosthodontics, and Restorative II

Volunteer, Donated Dental Services, 2008-present. Have provided over $300,000 in donated prosthodontic services during that time.

Fellow, American College of Prosthodontists, 1993

Fellow, American College of Dentists, 2000

Distinguished Service Award, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, 1999

Volunteer Dentist of the Year, 2011. Missouri Donated Dental Services, Dental Lifeline Network Missouri

Presidential Citation, Missouri Dental Association, 2012. In recognition of dedicated commitment to the new curriculum development for the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) program

Distinguished Service Award, Missouri Dental Association, 2012. For teaching activities related to Missouri Expanded Function Dental Assistant courses

Gold Medal Recipient, Greater St. Louis Dental Society 2019. Highest award from Greater St. Louis Dental Society in recognition of lifetime devoted to organized dentistry.
•  Greater St. Louis Dental Society
•  Missouri Dental Association
•  American Dental Association
•  American College of Prosthodontists
•  American Board of Prosthodontics
•  Academy of Osseointegration
•  Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
•  Fellow, American College of Prosthodontists
•  Fellow, American College of Dentists
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