Implant Dentistry Fellowship

The Implant Center offers one year fellowship and a two year certificate program  in Implant Dentistry. The one-year Fellowship is an advanced graduate level program in both restorative and surgical implant dentistry. The fellow will complete implant surgeries on simple cases. In the restorative area both simple and complex cases will be treated. This program is supported with relevant coursework at the graduate level. The candidate is expected to master the techniques needed for treatment planning, placing simple implants in safe areas and the restorative treatment and construction of  simple to  advanced complexity cases involving implant restorations, have a working knowledge of the related surgical and periodontal considerations, maintenance, and the laboratory procedures related to the fabrication of implant-supported prostheses.

The two-year Certificate program is available to those Implant Fellows who show outstanding performance during their first year of training and who wish to expand their experience in the surgical techniques required for placement of dental implants. Additional relevant coursework and hands-on training is required of the second-year fellow. The second year fellow will interact directly with the interns and residents of the OMFS department and will be assigned surgical procedures in the general clinic.

The first year Fellow is expected to:

    • Develop expertise in evaluating and planning dental implant treatment.
    • Understand the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to successful dental implant treatment.
    • Develop experience for evaluating different implant systems and techniques.
    • Develop a working understanding through placing implants surgically in uncomplicated cases, observation and assisting during surgical procedures.
    • Achieve a high level of clinical competence in implant restoration and uncomplicated implant surgery

The second-year Resident is expected to:

    • Successfully complete the one-year fellowship and be evaluated by the faculty as a candidate for a second year of training. Successful completion of the one-year fellowship does not mean automatic inclusion into the second year of training. Only candidates deemed qualified by the faculty will be considered for the second year of training. The completion of a second year qualifies for a Certificate of Advanced Studies (Implant Dentistry)
    • Have a working knowledge of all aspects of implant-supported restorations.
    • Develop a working knowledge of the surgical techniques for placement of dental implant fixtures.
    • Develop a working knowledge of dealing with treating emergencies related to the placement of dental implants.
    • Understand the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to successful implant treatment.
    • Achieve a high level of clinical competence.

Required Courses:

    • Oral Medicine
    • Bone Biology
    • Postgraduate Head and Neck Anatomy
    • Graduate Oral Pathology
    • Implant Dentistry Seminars
    • Treatment Planning Seminars
    • Clinical Casework Review
    • Hands-On Training Sessions


Program costs for the Implant Dentistry program is equal to one year of postgraduate tuition plus fees. Please visit the Financial Aid website for postgraduate tuition figures. Please note that applicants are not eligible for financial aid for non-accredited programs.


M. Papageorge, D.M.D., M.S., Professor, Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Director of Postgraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

R. Galburt, D.D.S., F.I.C.D., Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of the Implant Center

L. Rissin, D.M.D., F.A.C.P., Associate Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Hamasat Gheddaf Dam,  D.M.D. Assistant Professor Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry

Soheil Samiei, D.M.D. Affiliate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery