This four-year program is designed to provide postgraduate students training in restorative/prosthetics, periodontics, and advanced implant restorative dentistry. Upon successful completion of the program, students are issued certificates in both fixed periodontal prosthesis and periodontics.
The program attempts to integrate three essential areas: basic science, periodontics, and restorative/prosthetic dentistry. The basic science phase of the program includes a series of highly integrated core courses, presented at a level to enhance and expand on the student’s knowledge of oral biology. Additional basic science courses specific to restorative dentistry are provided by the department. Periodontics is the major focus of the didactic program in the first two years with emphasis on etiology, diagnosis, and treatment planning.
The major emphasis of this program lies in clinical education to develop specialists who have a scholarly approach to clinical problems. Through the program’s clinical education, students are exposed to the latest periodontic and prosthodontic procedures. Besides completing all of the necessary clinical requirements for certification in periodontics, students are required to complete at least 12 to 14 advanced restorations (in addition to single units and quadrant restorations). In addition, advanced implant restorations and treatment planning for surgical and prosthetic reconstruction have become a fundamental aspect of the program. Students work in both an outpatient clinic and hospital setting for their clinical instruction. The program also includes student visitation to various prosthodontic practices, where they can observe all types of techniques and procedures.
Interdisciplinary training is a hallmark of this program with faculty representatives from the departments of Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Division of Restorative Dentistry in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, continually interacting both in the seminars and clinics.
Clinical Professor of Periodontics
Director, Postdoctoral Periodontic Prosthesis Program