Predoctoral Prosthodontics

Nopsaran Chaimattayompol (Nui), D.M.D., M.P.H., Division Head and Clinical Professor

The Division of Predoctoral Prosthodontics is responsible for educating predoctoral students to be competent in the treatment and management of patients who require comprehensive diagnoses, treatment plans and sequences of treatment in general prosthodontic therapy commonly found in general dental practices. The Division’s curriculum includes the following:

  • Biomaterial Sciences
  • Occlusion
  • Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Removable Partial Dentures
  • Complete Dentures
  • Implant Prosthodontics

Educational Program

The Division of Predoctoral Prosthodontics has 18 full-time and 10 part-time faculty who are trained prosthodontists, and 23 volunteer faculty who are general dentists with extensive clinical skills and knowledge in prosthodontics, advanced restorative and esthetic dentistry. Our dental education programs are extensively involved in the following areas:

  • Didactic
  • Preclinical
  • Clinical
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Small group discussion/demonstration
  • Laboratory
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning sessions

The curriculum is centered in biologic diseases, treatment modalities in prosthodontics which include fixed, removable partial denture (RPD), complete denture, implant prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry and its delivery within the limitation of available biomaterial support, and patient management. Our programs stimulate students to apply knowledge gained from other courses for preclinical problem solving during their preclinical studies and clinical problem solving throughout their clinical junior and senior years.

Our division also provides care for patients who suffer from missing teeth with state-of-the-art implant-supported fixed prostheses and complete overdentures assisted by two implants. Predoctoral students will have a great opportunity to perform diagnosis and treatment planning, determine sequences of treatment, assist a surgeon during implant surgery, perform implant prosthodontic therapy under close faculty supervision and participate in the post-treatment recare program in implant dentistry.

Our program’s central location is a key contributor to the unlimited number of patients we attract. In addition to convenient access, it is located adjacent to Tufts Medical Center, a major Tufts University Medical School affiliation.

See the list of Prosthodontics Faculty.

Courses, Seminars and Workshops

Fixed Prosthodontics Patient Simulation

Course Directors: Dr. Ekaterini Antonellou, Dr. Steve Eisen

Class Year/Course Duration: Sophomore/September – April

Presented in year two of Preclinical Studies, the course involves a detailed study of fixed prosthodontic techniques. The course includes preparation and restoration of teeth needing full coverage i.e., crowns and replacement of missing teeth with fixed prostheses i.e., bridges utilizing all ceramic and porcelain/metal restorations. Treatment and restoration of endodontically treated teeth is emphasized in the latter part of the course based on proven evidence-based information. Students learn to write laboratory prescriptions prior to sending cases out to a professional laboratory for processing.

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Removable Prosthodontics – Complete Dentures

Course Directors: Dr. David Hern, Dr. Marcelo Suzuki

Class Year/Course Duration: Sophomore/January – April

This is the second year dental student’s introductory course into the fabrication and adjustment of complete dentures. The first lecture/slide presentation at each session describes in detail Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s (TUSDM) complete denture technique. The second lecture/slide presentation describes the procedures for which the student will be responsible at that laboratory session. The mandatory sessions include the construction of custom edentulous trays, bite registration rims and bases and the esthetic and functional placement of denture teeth. A lecture/slide presentation of the course covers all of the accessory phases of complete denture prosthodontics. The course then blends into the Implant Dentistry Course wherein the students will convert their denture project into an implant-retained complete mandibular denture.

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Removable Prosthodontics – RPD

Course Directors: Dr. Marcelo Suzuki, Dr. Alberto Lamberti

Class Year/Course Duration: Sophomore/April – July

This course provides fundamental foundational knowledge in RPD via a simulated patient care model, the art and science of RPD, evidence in dentistry and patients’ quality of life related to the use of this type of therapy. Advanced RPD is also presented at the end of the lecture series.

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Implant Dentistry – Patient Simulation

Course Directors: Dr. Ali Muftu, Dr. Maria Eugenia Gonzalez

Class Year/Course Duration: Sophomore/April – June

This course provides fundamental and foundational knowledge relevant to simple surgical and prosthodontic procedures for today’s implant dentistry. Emphasis is placed on:

1. Single tooth implant replacement, short span implant-supported partial denture and complete overdenture assisted by two implants and implant-assisted RPDs

2. Laboratory and clinical techniques about these services

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Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry Course

Course Directors: Dr. Marcelo Suzuki, Dr. Ekaterini Antonellou

Class Year/Course Duration: Junior/September – December

This course provides a series of lectures on the advancement in restorative sciences, all phases of prosthodontics and implant dentistry. In addition, an evidence-based dentistry and diagnosis and treatment planning session is incorporated.

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Porcelain Esthetic Dentistry Workshop

Course Director: Dr. Ali Muftu

Class Year/Course Duration: Junior/October – January

The Porcelain Esthetic Dentistry Workshop is designed to introduce the predoctoral students to the nature of light, color and the interaction between light and matter. The workshop has several objectives: to help students understand and handle concepts of the optical properties of color (i.e., hue, chrome, value, opalescence, fluorescence, transparence, translucence and iridescence); to introduce the importance of visualizing and recognizing surface texture and superficial gloss on shade selection; to understand the applications of low-fusing porcelain systems (exposure to a correction of a proximal contact); and to expose the predoctoral student to shade alteration using external staining.

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Post Workshop

Course Directors: Dr. Dongwoo Park, Dr. Ekaterini Antonellou

Class Year/Course Duration: Junior/November – December

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CranioFacial Function II

Course Directors: Dr. Nitin Khankari, Dr. Hamasat Gheddaf-Dam

Class Year/Course Duration: Junior/January – April

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Endodontics Fixed Prosthodontics Simulated Patient Workshop

Course Directors: Dr. Ekaterini Antonellou, Dr. Steven Kaminsky

Class Year/Course Duration: Junior/March – May

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Endodontics Fixed Prosthodontics Simulated Patient Competency Exam

Course Directors: Dr. Ekaterini Antonellou, Dr. Steven Kaminsky, Dr. Natalie Delivanis, Dr. Deborah Tung

Class Year/Course Duration: Junior/May – July

This workshop and competency examination aims to provide an overview and encourages students to practice in preparation for the future licensing exam.

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Prosthodontics Esthetic Seminar

Course Director: Dr. Darryl Lung

Class Year/Course Duration: Senior/September – November

The goal of this course is to develop in each student an understanding of the history of implant dentistry. The student will also be introduced to the concept of osseointegration and develop an understanding of the scientific basis of implant-host relations and interactions. Students will be instructed how to include implants into their overall patient diagnosis and treatment plan, what surgical techniques should be used, how the normal healing process proceeds, and how to succeed in basic fixed and removable prosthodontic techniques for implants. Students will be encouraged to seek further courses to gain more expertise, to follow rapidly expanding research, to consider the limitations of implants, and to identify and treat an implant patient while at TUSDM to gain familiarity with the procedure. The outcome of the seminar is that each student will understand the history of implant dentistry, osseointegration, implant diagnosis and treatment planning, the surgical technique, fixed and removable prosthodontic techniques and temporization procedures. Topics covered:

  • History of Dental Implants
  • Patient Selection/Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Surgical Stents
  • Complete Denture Prosthodontics
  • Bleaching
  • Crowns and Fixed Partial Dentures
  • Osseointegration, Anatomical Considerations/CT Scans
  • Surgical Techniques
  • Single Tooth Implant Crowns
  • Removable Dentures
  • Adhesive Dentistry
  • Tissue Retraction/Impression Making
  • Overdenture Attachments
  • Esthetics
  • Troubleshooting
  • Radiation/Chemotherapy in Head and Neck Cancer Patients, and Acquired Maxillofacial Defects

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Post Simulated Patient Competency Examination

Course Directors: Dr. Dongwoo Park, Dr. Ekaterini Antonellou

Class Year/Course Duration: Senior/October – November

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Research Activities

Faculty members in the division engage in biomaterial research, testing dental products, dental technology, basic science, clinical science, dental education and oral health service research.

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Part-Time Clinical Faculty Opportunities

Our division is currently seeking experienced dentists and/or alumni who would like to volunteer their time to teach in didactic, preclinical and/or clinical programs. For more detailed information, please contact Dr. Nopsaran Chaimattayompol at nopsaran.chaimattayompol@tufts.edu or call (617) 636-0866.

Predoctoral Prosthodontics Faculty

Ala Omar Ali, B.D.S., M.Sc., D.Sc.
Assistant Professor

Inna Amirian, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Ekaterini Antonellou, D.M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor

Nancy Arbree, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor Emerita

Hanna Eun Kyong Bae, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Martin L. Barrett, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Sterling Beasley, D.M.D., M.B.A.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Nopsaran Chaimattayompol, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Professor

Quinn K. Chan, D.M.D., M.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Claire Chang, D.M.D., M.S.D., CAGS
Assistant Professor

Robert Chapman, D.M.D.
Professor Emeritus

Marc Chase, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Malek Esrawi, D.D.S., D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Hamasat Gheddaf-Dam, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor

David A. Goodman, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

David M. Hern, D.M.D.
Professor

Stephen S. Hsu, D.M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor

Yin Hsu, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Mehdi Karimipour, D.M.D., M.S.
Clinical Instructor

Nitin B. Khankari, D.M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor

Philip J. Koralishn, D.D.S., FAGD
Associate Clinical Professor

Alberto Lamberti, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor

Meng-Chieh Lee, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Richard Y. Liu, D.M.D., M.M.S.C
Clinical Instructor

Darryl J. Lung, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

John Madden, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor

Ronald I. Maitland, D.M.D.
Visiting Professor

Joseph Massad, D.D.S.
Adjunct Associate Professor

Carmine Morreale, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Ali Muftu, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor

Michael Paisner, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Dongwoo Park, D.M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor

Jong il Park, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor

Kwang Min Park, D.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Professor

Arnold Rosen, D.D.S.
Adjunct Associate Professor

Richard Rothstein, D.M.D., FAGD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Amit Sachdeo, B.D.S., M.S., D.M.Sc.
Associate Clinical Professor

Pilar Sanchez, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Allen Schneider, D.D.S.
Adjunct Instructor

Jose Camilo Segura, D.M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor

James M. Stein, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Huda D. Stipho, B.D.S., M.Sc.
Associate Professor

Marcelo Suzuki, D.D.S.
Associate Professor

Henry Talberth, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Vasiliki Tsakalelli, D.M.D., M.Sc.
Assistant Professor

Guilherme B. Valverde, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Roland E. Vanaria, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Hans-Peter Weber, D.M.D., Dr. med. dent.
Professor

Jamie Lee Wong, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Jeannette Yadegar, C.D.T.
Technical Instructor