Advanced Dental Technology and Research Program

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Overview
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Program specifics

Dentistry, especially in the field of Prosthodontics, is currently experiencing vast technological advancement as improvements of materials and development of new materials are made.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s Postgraduate Prosthodontics Division provides dental technologists the opportunity for education at an advanced level of dental technology. The Advanced Dental Technology and Research Program will provide the technologist a unique learning experience as topics in conventional prosthodontics and new technologies in this field are studied. This program provides an advanced level of education in dental technology and related research to dental technologists who desire higher education in areas such as Advanced Dental Ceramics, Implantology, Attachments, and Milling Techniques.

The program provides interaction with Postgraduate Prosthodontics Residents through clinical cases and provides the opportunity to observe treatments and outcomes of clinical patients through fabricating prosthesis. This program allows dental technicians to attend lectures and seminars offered by the Postgraduate Prosthodontics program to gain a mutual understanding of comprehensive treatment planning and improve communication between dental technicians and dentists.  This aspect of technical education is offered only through Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s Postgraduate Prosthodontics program. 

Program  Director:
Hiroshi Hirayama, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S. F.A.C.P.

Faculty:
Hiroshi Hirayama, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S. F.A.C.P.
Yongjeong Kim, D.D.S., M.S.
Ki-Ho Kang, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P.
Albert Intonti, D.M.D., F.A.C.P.
Yukio Oishi, C.D.T.
One full time R.D.T. or C.D.T. to be named (under search)
Yasuhiko Kawabe, C.D.T., M.D.T.
Akihiko Yoshida, R.D.T.
Hirokazu Tokutomi, R.D.T.

Program Goal:
To educate and train dental technicians to become experts in the advanced dental technology field.

Course Objective:

To provide dental technologists an advanced level of understanding of dental technology.

To educate dental technologists on currently available ceramic systems, materials and their applications.

To allow the student to master application techniques to understand the relationships between research and clinical application, and the resulting limitations

To enable the student to develop research design which reflects those clinical applications and limitations should they choose to do additional research.

Applicant qualification:
A Bachelors degree, or equivalent level of education and/or training, is required for admission to the program.

Duration of the program:

Full time program: 2 years

Part time program: 4 sessions of 6 month training 

Part time program: 3 years (Six half-day sessions per week.)

Full time combined ADT certificate and Masters Degree: 36 months

Part time combined ADT certificate and Masters Degree: 36 months full time equivalent

The training period for this program will vary depending on the applicant’s skills and educational background.  The full time program length will be 24 months. The complete training will consist of an equivalent length of 6 months of preclinical work, 18 months of advanced technical education, clinical case work, and research in the field of prosthodontics and biomaterials. If the student requires more advanced training, the program can be extended for additional sessions. This extension would be desirable for an individual who is interested in teaching and/or an administrative position in the area of Dental Technology.

The student will be awarded a Certificate of Completion in Advanced Dental Technology after he/she fulfills all program requirements.

Program start date:
January or July

Number of students:
4-6 full time equivalent students depending on space availability in Postgraduate Prosthodontics Laboratory

Location of program:
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s Postgraduate Prosthodontics Department

Tuition:
Postgraduate tuition rate will apply

Didactic course:

  • Biomaterials I & II
  • Prosthodontics Treatment Planning seminar
  • Advanced Prosthodontic Technique
  • Occlusion
  • Fixed Partial Denture
  • Removable Partial Denture
  • Complete Denture
  • Implant Prosthodontics
  • Infectious Disease and Hazard Control Management

 Competency evaluation:

During preclinical period, the ADT student must demonstrate competent skill level in the following areas in order to continue advance level of dental technology training:

  1. . General Laboratory Techniques
    • Evaluating impressions
    • Preparing and evaluating casts
    • Fabricating custom impression trays
    • Articulating casts, using non-adjustable and semi-adjustable articulators
    • Developing functional occlusion on articulated casts
  2. Complete Dentures
    • Constructing base plates and occlusion rims
    • Arranging a balanced set-up using anatomical teeth
    • Contouring denture wax-ups prior to try-in and processing
    • Flasking, packing, processing and recovering dentures
    • Remounting dentures
    • Equilibrating occlusal discrepancies
    • Finishing and polishing dentures
    • Using a semi-adjustable articulator during fabrication of complete denture prostheses
    • Relining and denture repairs
    • Fabricating surgical templates
  3. Removable Partial Dentures
    • Identification of the components of a removable partial denture, including various clasp designs
    • Principles of surveying and design
    • Performing blockout procedures
    • Duplicating master casts
    • Transferring the design to the master cast
    • Fabricating the wax pattern
    • Spruing and investing patterns
    • Burnout and casting frameworks utilizing recognized alloys
    • Finishing and polishing frameworks
    • Evaluating the fit of the framework to the master cast
    • Arranging teeth on the frameworks
    • Waxing-up, processing, recovering and finishing removable partial denture bases
    • Various repair procedures
  4. Fixed Prosthodontics (Crown and Bridge)
    • Preparing and evaluating casts with removable dies
    • Trimming dies and marking margins
    • Identifying various margin designs
    • Developing wax patterns
    • Spruing and investing patterns
    • Burnout and casting restorations
    • Seating and finishing castings to dies
    • Finishing and polishing restorations
    • Fabricating multi-unit restorations
    • Fabricating restorations on various types of articulators
    • Developing functional occlusion on full-arch articulated casts
    • Soldering as a fabrication/repair procedure
  5. Dental Ceramics
    • Preparing and evaluating casts with removable dies
    • Trimming dies and marking margins
    • Identifying various margin designs
    • Designing and developing substructure patterns
    • Spruing and investing patterns
    • Burnout and casting patterns
    • Seating and finishing castings to dies
    • Preparing the framework to receive porcelain
    • Applying and firing opaque on the framework
    • Applying and firing dentin and enamel porcelain
    • Contouring fired porcelain
    • Performing external characterization
    • Finishing and polishing non-porcelain bearing surfaces
    • Operating porcelain furnace
    • Pre- and post-soldering
    • Porcelain margins