Welcome from the Professor and Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at the College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Sharon Crane Siegel! Our cutting-edge Department is comprised of 20 highly qualified Prosthodontists and very experienced general dentists in addition to 24 talented adjunct faculty with a passion to mentor students through all stages of tooth replacement starting with the fundamentals, including Fixed Prosthodontics, Complete and Partial Removable Prosthodontics, Implant Restorations, Cosmetic Dentistry Restorative Treatment, and CAD/CAM Indirect Restorative Dentistry. In addition to these areas of dentistry, the Department also encompasses an introduction to Evidenced Based Dentistry, Dental Biomaterials, Clinical Occlusion, and several integrated courses to include the Clinical Practice of Dentistry Fundamentals and the Masticatory System Disorders.
The Department of Prosthodontics has a highly competitive Advanced Specialty Program in Prosthodontics. The Director of the Program is Dr. Max Nahon, a Board certified Prosthodontist and Fellow of the American Board of Prosthodontists. The program accepts 4 students each year for its 3 year program. The program is very clinically based with excellent highly skilled Board Certified Prosthodontists mentoring the students in all aspects of Prosthodontics to include Implant placement, Implant Restoration, Sleep Medicine, Complex esthetic rehabilitations, Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Maxillofacial Prosthodontics as well as complex Removable Prosthodontic treatment. We are proud of the level of experience that our faculty and the plethora of patients that our students are able to treat back to full oral health in both function and esthetics.
Additionally, there is a predoctoral Honors program whereby four senior dental students have the opportunity to treat more complex Prosthodontic patients. They have the opportunity to interface with the postgraduate residents in their literature reviews and seminars as will fit into their schedules. The students have more one-on-one oversight with experienced faculty.
The Department has trained faculty in the use of digital work-flows using the CEREC OmniCams, the 3D True Definition Scanner and the 3-Shape scanner to send to the dental laboratory as well as to scan, design, mill and characterize and glaze in house. The students are able to do as much digital scanning as their patients allow, gaining the skills for this treatment, starting with digital scanning in the D1 year and progressing to fabricating and cementing CAD/CAM generated restorations in the D3 year. The Department has recently obtained 3D printers that will be used for the students to print surgical guides for their implant cases.
The students learn to treatment plan their patients for simple and complex dental care so that they graduate having an excellent evidenced based knowledge base and skill set to begin general practice dentistry, enroll in a general practice residency or a specialty program well equipped to succeed. This is an exciting time in Dentistry and in Prosthodontics. I hope you have an opportunity to see the exciting things the Department of Prosthodontics has to offer for any dental student attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine.
Sharon Crane Siegel, D.D.S., M.S., M.B.A.
Professor and Chair
Department of Prosthodontics
Nova Southeastern University
College of Dental Medicine
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328