Prosthodontics

The 36-month combined program in fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics provides the candidate with clinical proficiency and comprehensive knowledge of the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of patients with missing/damaged teeth and orofacial defects by using biocompatible artificial substitutes. The curriculum includes didactic and clinical instruction in complete dentures, removable partial dentures, fixed prosthodontics, implant dentistry (including implant surgery), geriatrics, temporomandibular disorders, and maxillofacial prosthodontics. The didactic background and the clinical and laboratory skills of these areas of prosthodontics are stressed.

Emphasis is placed on the periodontal integrity of the patient and the supportive therapy of all other disciplines in achieving total patient care. This integration is achieved through interdisciplinary seminars with the other specialties and through coordinated treatment planning.

The intensive and systematized library reading assignments and literature review seminars are an important aspect of the curriculum. They are designed to acquaint the resident with the principal facets of the prosthodontic specialty, evidence-based health care, and methods of critically reviewing the dental literature.

This program follows the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for advanced educational programs in prosthodontics and the multidisciplinary scope of the specialty certificate examination of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

CAGS, Combined CAGS/MSD, or Combined CAGS/DScD

Two different tracks are available for the 36-month program. The clinical track leads to the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in the specialty of prosthodontics.

Combined MSD

Qualified residents may elect the research track, in which residents complete a research project, thesis, and thesis defense in the third year and are awarded both the CAGS and the Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD). Because of variations in the time commitment required for the research component, completion of the research track may require more than 36 months.

Additional courses for the MSD (research track)

  • SDM PR 830 Advanced Biomaterials
  • SDM PR 991 Research Prosthodontics
  • SDM PH 803 Biostatistics
  • SDM OB 830 Research Writing

Other coursework may be assigned at the discretion of the research advisor, program director, or department chair.

Combined DScD

A limited number of candidates are accepted into the DScD program. Candidates must complete all biomedical science and clinical requirements of the CAGS program. In addition, the program requires successful completion of a major research effort related to the specialty, a doctoral thesis, and a thesis defense. The total full-time commitment for the combined CAGS/DScD program is 60 months.

Additional courses for the DScD

  • SDM PR 830 Advanced Biomaterials
  • SDM PR 991 Research Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 992 Research Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 993 Research Prosthodontics
  • SDM PH 803 Biostatistics
  • SDM OB 830 Research Writing

Other coursework may be assigned at the discretion of the research advisor, program director, or department chair.

CAGS Curriculum (CAGS)

Year 1

  • SDM EN 819 Endodontics for Prosthodontists
  • SDM OB 761 Oral Microbiology
  • SDM OS 761 Medical Concerns of the Dental Patient
  • SDM OS 828 Anxiety and Pain Control
  • SDM OS 831 Head and Neck Anatomy
  • SDM PE 764 Current Concepts in Periodontology
  • SDM PE 817 Seminar: Grand Rounds
  • SDM PE 827 Applied Dental Pharmacology
  • SDM PH 763 Bioethics and Law
  • SDM PH 800 Introduction to Biostatistics/Epidemiology
  • SDM PR 720 Practice Management
  • SDM PR 801 Fixed Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 803 Complete Denture Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 805 Esthetic Dentistry for the Prosthodontist
  • SDM PR 806 Removable Partial Dentures
  • SDM PR 807 Patient Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminar
  • SDM PR 815 Basic Prosthodontic Techniques
  • SDM PR 818 Principles of Gnathology
  • SDM PR 821 Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • SDM PR 825 Postdoctoral Biomaterials
  • SDM PR 844 Implantology Literature Review
  • SDM PR 845 Implantology Literature Topics
  • SDM PR 846 Implantology Case Presentation
  • SDM PR 855 Principles of Surgery for Prosthodontists
  • SDM PR 861 Contemporary Prosthodontic Literature
  • SDM PR 911 Clinical Prosthodontics

Year 2

  • SDM PA 801 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • SDM PE 818 Seminar: Grand Rounds
  • SDM PR 761 Occlusion
  • SDM PR 808 Patient Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminar
  • SDM PR 862 Contemporary Prosthodontic Literature
  • SDM PR 901 Prosthodontic Literature Review
  • SDM PR 912 Clinical Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 832 Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
  • SDM PR 847 Implantology Case Presentation

Year 3

  • SDM PE 822 Seminar: Grand Rounds
  • SDM PR 848 Implantology Case Presentation
  • SDM PR 809 Patient Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminar
  • SDM PR 863 Contemporary Prosthodontic Literature
  • SDM PR 913 Clinical Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 918 Student Teaching