Advanced Graduate Programs in Prosthodontics

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Postgraduate Prosthodontics

Kiho Kang, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP, Interim Program Director

The Postgraduate Prosthodontics Certificate Program is responsible for teaching postgraduate students in all phases of prosthodontics including esthetic dentistry and implant prosthodontics. It provides a learning environment to train the future leaders in the discipline and specialty of prosthodontics for the new millennium. The program also provides care for patients that require comprehensive treatment in all of the advanced phases of prosthodontics.

Program Description

The Postgraduate Prosthodontics Certificate Program combines traditional prosthodontic concepts and techniques with the latest innovative technology and research conducted at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) to train residents to successfully diagnose, restore, and maintain the craniofacial complex for optimal health and well-being. The study of evolution, growth, and development of the craniofacial system provides the structural framework for the program. The latest technological developments in jaw movement, occlusal contact, and force distribution are combined with esthetic considerations and the finest laboratory techniques to rehabilitate patients in need of craniofacial reconstruction and rehabilitation.

The Postgraduate Prosthodontics Certificate Program is three years in length and prepares residents for specialized clinical practice and/or an academic career. Extensive clinical and laboratory phases of prosthodontic training are offered in esthetic dentistry, fixed and removable partial dentures, complete dentures, implant prosthodontics, and didactic and clinical exposure to maxillofacial prosthetics. Comprehensive courses of study are also offered in the basic and applied sciences.

All residents are encouraged to pursue a Master of Science degree. A Master of Science degree may be pursued concurrently with the Certificate Program upon approval by the program director and the Graduate Studies Committee and is contingent upon the student’s academic performance during the first year of study. Successful completion of a Certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master of Science degree usually requires at least three years and the successful completion and defense of a Master’s Thesis. For additional information please visit the following website.

The Postgraduate Prosthodontics Certificate Program starts July 1 of the first year and ends May 31 of the third year of the program. Upon completion of the program the student receives a Certificate of Achievement in Prosthodontics which qualifies the student to apply for and take the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) Certifying Examination. All residents are required to take Part I and a section of Part II of the ABP exam prior to graduation. The program provides broad and sufficient support to take the ABP exam during the residency. For additional information regarding the specialty of Prosthodontics, visit the American College of Prosthodontists website at http://www.prosthodontics.org.

The Postgraduate Prosthodontics Certificate Program satisfies all standards as established by the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) as stated in the latest version of the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Prosthodontics. For additional information, visit the ADA website.

The program will conduct interviews during the month of September. For further information on applying to the Postgraduate Prosthodontic Certificate Program at Tufts University go to the following website.

Postdoctoral Prosthodontics Faculty

Mr. Pinhas Adar
Adjunct Technical Instructor

Khaled Al-Abdullah, B.Ch.D., M.S.
Adjunct Instructor

Suhail Al-Ghafli, D.M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

David Arghavani, D.D.S.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Vincent Bennani, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Barry Bessler, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Pasquale Lino Calvani, M.D., D.D.S., M.S. C.D.T., FACP
Adjunct Associate Professor

Paul Cammarata, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Jacinto A. Cano Peyro, D.D.S., M.S.
Instructor

Maria Chartzoulakis, D.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Najla Chebib, D.D.S., M.S., CAGS
Assistant Professor

Jeffrey R. Damon, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Luis Del Castillo, D.D.S., D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Moftah El-Ghadi, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Khaled El Rafie, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Zacharoula Fardella, D.D.S.
Adjunct Instructor

Mario Gatti, D.M.D., FACP
Clinical Instructor

Stefania Grous, D.M.D., M.Sc.
Adjunct Instructor

Joseph Guarino, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Mr. Ernst A. Hegenbarth, M.D.T.
Adjunct Associate Professor

William Heggerick, D.D.S.
Clinical Professor

Sascha Hein, M.D.T.
Adjunct Technical Instructor

Savvas Kamalakidis, D.D.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kiho Kang, D.D.S. D.M.D., M.S. FACP
Associate Professor

Noriyuki Kawada, R.D.T.
Adjunct Technical Instructor

Samer Georges Khayat, D.D.S., D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Yong Jeong Kim, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP
Associate Professor

Mr. Yukio Kudara, M.D.T.
Technical Instructor

Naota Kumagai, D.D.S., M.S.
Adjunct Instructor

Hyejin Kwak, D.M.D., FACP
Clinical Instructor

Denise L. Leong-Yokota, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Kenneth Malament, D.D.S., CAGS, M.Sc.
Clinical Professor

William Maness, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Clinical Professor

Vincent Mariano, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Maurice Martel, D.D.S.
Clinical Professor

Konstantinos Michalakis, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., FACP
Adjunct Associate Professor

Sujey Morgan, D.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Professor

Julian Osorio, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Gianluca Paniz, D.D.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

William Papadopoulos, D.M.D., CAGS
Assistant Clinical Professor

Panagiotis Papaspyridakos, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D
Assistant Professor

Roberto Pellecchia, D.D.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Keith M. Phillips, D.M.D., M.S.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Luis S. Sarmiento, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Itzhak Shoher, D.M.D., M.S.
Adjunct Research Professor

Seevan Shoher, D.M.D., M.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Nitu Singh, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

John A. Sorensen, D.M.D., Ph.D., FACP
Adjunct Professor

Athanasios Stratos, D.D.S.
Adjunct Instructor

Takayoshi Suda, D.D.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kiyotaka Suzuki, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Mohammad Taheri, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Alex Touchstone, D.M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Aris Petros Tripodakis, D.D.S., M.S.
Visiting Associate Professor

Mr. Eric van der Winden, C.D.T.
Adjunct Technical Instructor

Julia-Gabriela Wittneben Matter, D.M.D., M.M.Sc.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Akihiko Yoshida, R.D.T.
Adjunct Technical Instructor

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Advanced Education in Esthetics and Operative Dentistry (AEEOD)

Najla Chebib, D.D.S., M.S., CAGS, Program Director

Program Description

Because of its clinic location, the Advanced Education in Esthetics and Operative Dentistry (AEEOD) Certificate Program allows students to have direct interaction with most dental specialties, including Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Orthodontics. Therefore, it contributes in providing a multidisciplinary approach in the diagnosis and management of patients’ esthetics and functional needs.

During their clinical curriculum, students are trained to provide comprehensive dental care, utilizing the most appropriate technologies available to dental professionals. Students’ achievements include simple to more extensive smile reconstruction including teeth whitening, direct composite restorations, porcelain laminate veneers, all-ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) restorations, and implant-supported crowns. The program exposes students to all specialty phases of dentistry and medicine as they apply to esthetics.

During their didactic curriculum, students attend prosthodontics-oriented classes such as Prosthodontics Treatment Planning Seminar, Biomaterials I and II, and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) and Occlusion. Students also attend esthetics-oriented classes such as an Advanced Course in the Science and Art of Esthetic Dentistry and Comprehensive Evidence-Based Esthetic Literature Review, and multi-disciplinary oriented lectures including Advanced Esthetic Treatment Planning Seminars and Comprehensive Evidence-Based Perio-Implant Literature Review.

Students learn treatment planning and record-keeping techniques that they apply to each patient. They are required to present such information in weekly roundtable discussions with faculty. The process enables students to develop effective management and administrative skills.

Students also teach undergraduate students in the Operative Dentistry Division. First year students attend preclinical lectures and assist undergraduate students in their operative training. Second year students provide clinical supervision to undergraduate students in the Operative Dentistry Division.

The two-year AEEOD Certificate Program starts on July 1 and ends June 30 of the second year of the program. The first three months of the program are dedicated to pre-clinical training so that students understand the techniques and treatment procedures during their clinical curriculum.

A Master of Science degree may be combined with a clinical specialty upon approval by the program director and the Graduate Studies Committee. Successful completion of a combined Advanced Education-Master of Science program is expected to require a minimum of 36 months (specific conditions apply).

Required Courses

  • Science and Art of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Anatomy-Smile Analysis, Facial Symmetry
  • Biostatistics I and II (Masters only)
  • Comprehensive Evidence-Based Esthetic Literature Review
  • Comprehensive Evidence-Based Implant and Periodontics Literature Review
  • Epidemiology
  • Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Implant Dentistry: A to Z
  • Photography-Digital, 35 mm, and Instant Photography
  • Prosthodontics Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Radiology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Medicine
  • Biomaterials I and II
  • TMJ and Occlusion

Tuition

Program costs for the AEEOD program is equal to two years (four semesters) of postgraduate tuition plus fees. Please visit the Financial Aid page for postgraduate tuition figures.

Please note that the AEEOD program is not an ADA-accredited program. Therefore, applicants are not eligible for financial aid.

Application Process

All applications must be received by September 4 of the previous calendar year. Applications can be downloaded on the Postgraduate application page.

After review of all the received applications, applicants will be notified if they have been selected to attend an interview. The interview process takes place in September and October. Applicants will be notified that their application has been retained for an interview at least one month in advance, in order for them to arrange their travel plans.

No applicant is eligible for acceptance without an interview.

All acceptances are sent to selected applicants before the end of December.

AEEOD Faculty

Jacinto A. Cano Peyro, D.D.S., M.S.
Instructor

Najla Chebib, D.D.S., M.S., CAGS
Assistant Professor

Stephany Cordero Andujar, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Lisa B. Emirzian, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Kiho Kang, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP
Associate Professor

Samer Georges Khayat, D.D.S., D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Yong Jeong Kim, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP
Associate Professor

Sujey Morgan, D.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Professor

Julie R. Oliverio-Callum, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Roya Zandparsa, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Professor

Advanced Dental Technology (ADT) and Research Program

Kiho Kang, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP, Interim Program Director

Program Description

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

The Advanced Dental Technology (ADT) and Research Program provides 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 TUSDM’s Postgraduate Prosthodontics program.

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 Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent level of education and/or training, is required for admission to the program.

Duration of the program:

Full-time program: Two years
Part-time program: Four sessions of six-month training
Part-time program: Three years (Six half-day sessions per week.)
Full-time combined ADT certificate and Master’s degree: 36 months
Part-time combined ADT certificate and Master’s 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 is 24 months. The complete training will consist of an equivalent length of six 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 ADT after he/she fulfills all program requirements.

Program start date:

January or July

Number of students:

Four to six full-time equivalent students depending on space availability in the postgraduate prosthodontics laboratory

Location of program:

TUSDM’s Postgraduate Prosthodontics Program

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 (RPD)
  • Complete Denture
  • Implant Prosthodontics
  • Infectious Disease and Hazard Control Management

Competency evaluation:

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

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

ADT Faculty:

Kiho Kang, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP
Yong Jeong Kim, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., FACP
Akihiko Yoshida, R.D.T.