Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry

Welcome to the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry! As the largest department in the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, it integrates the three Divisions of Operative Dentistry, Predoctoral Prosthodontics, and Postgraduate Prosthodontics. Our primary responsibility lies in the education and training of predoctoral and postdoctoral students in the restorative aspects of bringing a damaged dentition back to biologic health, function, esthetics and comfort. This is accomplished by using the techniques of operative dentistry and prosthodontics integrated with the sciences of biomaterials and occlusion.

Our curriculum is structured to deliver information through lectures, seminars, and clinical oversight of patient care. The treatment concepts taught in simulated patient care and our clinics include composite restorations for anterior and posterior restorations, traditional amalgam and gold restorations, computer-assisted design and machining of various ceramic restorations, conventional and implant retained crowns and fixed partial dentures, as well as conventional and implant retained complete and partial removable dentures.

We encourage interdepartmental, collaborative research with special emphasis on in vitro and in vivo biomaterials research, cross sectional and longitudinal research on occlusion and function, implant design and loading, and multivariate longitudinal patient care outcomes using bioinformatics. We continually review new materials and associated techniques to assure appropriately researched new technologies are incorporated into our curriculum, while at the same time using evidence-based information as the core for our teaching material.