Meet Dr. Shea

Meet prosthodontist Joseph F. Shea, DDS,
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.

Joseph F. Shea, DDS, MS

Dr. Shea is a Prosthodontist in private practice in Sunset Hills.  He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1982, and his Masters of Science in Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry from the University of Michigan in 1989.

Dr. Shea is a Fellow in both the American College of Prosthodontists and the American College of Dentists Fellow.  He has achieved Diplomate status from the American Board of Prosthodontics.  Dr. Shea has formerly taught at Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine and is currently an instructor with the A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health.  He is active in lecturing to local study clubs and dental organizations.  He also serves as Chairman of the Prosthodontic Peer Review Committee and is head of the licensing committee for Prosthodontics for the Missouri Dental Board.

Dr. Shea is the former Lead Trainer for eastern Missouri for Missouri Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) courses, a role he has held since 2006.  In 2012, Dr. Shea was recognized with a Presidential Citation by the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) for his dedicated commitment to new curriculum development for the EFDA program. He was also recognized with the MDA Distinguished Service Award that same year for his teaching activities related to EFDA.

A participating dentist in the Dental Lifeline Network, providing free dentistry to the needy, Dr. Shea is a recipient of the Dental Lifeline Network Humanitarian Award as Missouri Volunteer of the year in 2011.

He has also been active in leadership at the District level of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, serving as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President over the years.  Dr. Shea was a member of the Board of Directors of The Foundation of the St. Louis Dental Society from 1985-1987, and again from 1998-2002.  He served as Chair of the Council on Scientific Sessions in 1995, 1999 and 2012.  Dr. Shea is a Past President of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society.  And in 2017 he was granted the highest the highest award by the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, for lifetime service to the Society, The Gold Medal Award.

What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontics: Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining 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 using biocompatible substitutes. (ADA definition, 2003)

3 Branches of Prosthodontics

  • Fixed Prosthodontics: Crowns, Bridges, Veneers
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontics: Obturators and related prostheses
  • Removable Prosthodontics: Complete Dentures and Removable Partial Dentures

Other Areas of Prosthodontics

A prosthodontist has extensive training in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), cosmetic procedures (veneers, bleaching, whitening), and especially implant procedures*

*Note: There are no specialties in TMJ, cosmetics, or implants

  • Simply put, Dr. Shea restores lost teeth or tooth parts with crowns, bridges, partial dentures and complete dentures – on teeth or implants.
  • Dr. Shea treats patients requiring anything from a simple filling to crowning all 28 teeth.
  • Most general dentists do not fabricate complete dentures– Dr. Shea performs extensive denture treatments as well as dentures on implant procedures