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Periodontal Prosthesis Program

Periodontal Prosthesis Program

Program Director: Dr. Howard Fraiman, contact

Program Overview

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.

Academic Track: MSOB and certificate (5 years), DScD and certificate (6 years)
Clinical Track: certificate only (4 years)

Clinical Education

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.

Admissions Process

Application Deadline: August 15 — See Graduate Dental Education Programs Admissions Requirements and Procedures for detailed information and instructions.

An applicant to be considered for admission to the Advanced Periodontics Program requires:

  • Participation in National Matching Services (NMS)
  • Participation in PASS (ADEA)
  • Supplemental Application submitted directly to the school by August 15

Application materials are reviewed and consideration for admission into the program on an individual basis. Late or incomplete applications are not considered. The highest qualified candidates are selected for an interview based upon the following criteria: past academic performance, class standing, motivation and interest, personal and career goals, experiences beyond pre-doctoral education, evidence of scholarly activity, letters of recommendation from Periodontists, Prosthodontists, and former teachers, and performance during the interview. Decision to interview applicants is made by the Periodontal Prosthesis Program Admissions Committee and is communicated to applicants directly from the Department of Periodontics.

A personal interview is required as part of the selection process. Selected applicants are invited to interview at Penn Dental Medicine. Interview invitations will be sent via email starting mid-August. Interviews are conducted at the school beginning late August. Travel and lodging information is included with the interview invitation. The interview is a two (2) day process that consists of interviews with department faculty, a tour of the facilities, and lunch with current residents and other invited candidates.

Official letters of acceptance are sent within 10 days of the release of Match results from Penn Dental Medicine’s Office of Graduate Dental Education. All admitted candidates are obligated to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit in the amount of $5,000 within ten business days of acceptance notification from Penn Dental Medicine. The Office of Graduate Dental Education provides assistance to coordinate pre-enrollment activities such as establishing a PennKey for access to the University’s online resources, establishing a university email address, and initiating the visa process for international students.

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