CAGS in 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, 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 student with the principal facets of the prosthodontic discipline, evidence-based healthcare, 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.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Be prepared to take the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) examinations (one of the outcome assessment measures for the CODA accreditation).
  • Develop presentation and leadership skills in the field of prosthodontics.
  • Be capable of carrying out comprehensive dental evaluations on implant patients.
  • Gain skills in surgical implant prosthodontics.
  • Demonstrate superior knowledge of how to use data from intraoral or desktop scans to fabricate digital master model and die, digital wax up, and digitally designed provisional and definitive restorations, including single full coverage restorations, surgical guides, and digital complete and partial dentures.
  • Be familiar with dental sleep medicine, evaluation technique, and therapy for the management of sleep-disordered breathing.

CAGS Curriculum (CAGS)

This clinical track leads to the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in the specialty of prosthodontics and is a minimum of 36 months.

Year 1

  • SDM EN 819 Endodontics for Prosthodontists
  • SDM OB 766 Oral Immunology & Microbiology
  • SDM OP 806 Digital Dentistry in Prosthodontics and Restorative Science
  • 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 803 Biostatistics
  • SDM PR 720 Practice Management
  • SDM PR 761 Occlusion
  • SDM PR 801 Fixed Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 802 Comprehensive Implant Techniques
  • SDM PR 803 Complete Denture Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 806 Removable Partial Dentures
  • SDM PR 807 Patient Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminar
  • SDM PR 815 Basic Prosthodontic Techniques
  • SDM PR 820 Advanced Prosthodontics Laboratory Experience I
  • SDM PR 821 Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • SDM PR 825 Postdoctoral Biomaterials
  • SDM PR 835 Dental Photograph for Prosthodontists
  • SDM PR 844 Implantology Literature Review
  • SDM PR 845 Implantology Literature Topics
  • SDM PR 846 Implantology Case Presentation
  • SDM PR 857 Advanced Prosthodontics Seminar
  • 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 762 Dental Sleep Medicine in Prosthodontics
  • SDM PR 805 Esthetic Dentistry for the Prosthodontist
  • SDM PR 808 Patient Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminar
  • SDM PR 822 Advanced Prosthodontics Laboratory Experience II
  • SDM PR 847 Implantology Case Presentation
  • SDM PR 858 Advanced Prosthodontics Seminar
  • SDM PR 862 Contemporary Prosthodontic Literature
  • SDM PR 901 Prosthodontic Literature Review
  • SDM PR 912 Clinical Prosthodontics

Year 3

  • SDM PE 819 Seminar: Grand Rounds
  • SDM PR 809 Patient Presentation and Treatment Planning Seminar
  • SDM PR 848 Implantology Case Presentation
  • SDM PR 859 Advanced Prosthodontics Seminar
  • SDM PR 863 Contemporary Prosthodontic Literature
  • SDM PR 913 Clinical Prosthodontics

Completion is not tracked by credit accumulation but by successful completion of individual courses and duration requirements.

Two research tracks are also available: CAGS/MSD in Prosthodontics and CAGS/DScD in Prosthodontics.