NSU College of Dental Medicine offers a comprehensive program in Advanced Prosthodontics. The 36-month program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation from the American Dental Association. Completion of training leads to a Certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics and eligibility for certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics. An optional Master of Science degree is available to residents who complete a research project leading to a thesis or manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Specific research time is made available to assist in the completion of the project.
Our program is clinically oriented, and although well-structured, an effort is made to tailor our training to the individual’s area of interest, depending on background, experience level, and educational goals. Our dedicated faculty assists motivated students in attaining excellence in clinical prosthodontics for a career in private practice, teaching and/or research.
The clinical component of the program includes all phases of prosthodontics:
- Fixed prosthodontic rehabilitation
- Complex restorative and esthetic dentistry
- Dental implant surgery and implant prosthodontics
- Complete, partial, and implant-assisted removable prosthodontics
- Maxillofacial prosthetics
The Accreditation Standard for Advanced Dental Education Programs in Prosthodontics has mandated that all prosthodontic residents must be competent in placement of dental implants. Our program has a strong surgical component which includes dental extractions, pre-prosthetic surgery, implant site grafting, and dental implant placement. All residents place many implants for permanent tooth replacement, and for stabilization of removable prostheses. Our surgical implant training utilizes both computer-guided and free-hand placement techniques. Our full-arch implant restorations often follow the All-On-Four protocol using a conversion prosthesis in immediate function, whereas other cases will take a staged approach. Residents are trained in the fabrication of definitive implant restorations using CAD/CAM digital workflow as well as conventional analog methods. We are proud of the surgical and restorative training our residents obtain, graduating with competency in dental implant surgery and implant prosthodontics. We also maintain interdisciplinary relationships with residents in other specialties when referral is appropriate.
Didactic courses are presented by means of lectures, seminars, literature review, demonstrations, laboratory techniques and include:
- Dental materials, ceramics, and CAD/CAM digital workflow
- Fixed, removable, implant, and maxillofacial prosthodontics
- Head & neck anatomy and pathology
- Occlusion and TMD
- Surgical and restorative implantology
- Sleep apnea – diagnosis and treatment
- Research design and statistical analysis