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What is Quality of Life Prosthodontics?

Meet Alejandro J. Urdaneta, DDS Prosthodontist

Dr. Urdaneta is a highly trained, talented, and experienced Prosthodontist & Educator with over two decades in private practice and academia. He continues to dedicate himself to educating, learning, and improving the oral health of the community. Dr. Urdaneta's ultimate goal is to improve patients' quality of life, by means of providing the best quality care and treatment. He treats patients with minor or major dental problems, such as crowns, bridges, dentures, implant crowns for missing teeth or under dentures to hold them in place, TMJ issues, sleep apnea, and smile reconstruction. 


  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Post Graduate Residency - Certificate of Prosthodontics, 2010
  • New York University (NYU) - Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), 2000
  • University of Zulia, School of Odontology, Maracaibo, Venezuela  - Odontologist, 1993


  • UCLA School of Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry/Advanced Prosthodontics, 2011 - present
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, 2011 - present
  • UCSF School of Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, 2001-2007

Dr. Urdaneta is a member of:

  • American College of Prosthodontists (ACP)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • California Dental Association (CDA) 
  • Orange County Dental Society (OCDS)
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the Voice of Dental Education. 
  • Hispanic Dental Association (HDA)
  • Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (OHCC) 
  • Laguna Hills Chamber of Commerce (LHCC) 

He has received numerous community and professional awards, including Hispanic Business Salute Award from NBC Telemundo, Hispanic Small Business of the Year Award, and Outstanding faculty awards. 

He has provided Dental mission work in Jamaica, Mexico, and Venezuela. 

He speaks three languages fluently: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

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.

Prosthodontists have advanced training in restoring and replacing teeth. 

Prosthodontists are considered the leaders of the dental treatment plan. Dr. Urdaneta will regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs. 

Tooth loss happens from decay, gum disease, traumatic injury, cancer or wear. Losing teeth places stress on the mouth’s structures and shape causing the bone to shrink and possibly changing a person’s facial appearance. Many adults who do not replace their missing teeth suffer poor self‐esteem, premature aging, poor diet, loss of function and social embarrassment. By utilizing dental implants, fixed bridgework, removable partial dentures and complete dentures a prosthodontists’ expertise can change a smile and a life.

Dr. Urdaneta resides in southern orange county with his wife and four children. He is an avid mountain biker, surfer, swimmer, and pilots small airplanes.