Advanced Education in Esthetics and Operative (AEEOD) Dentistry

Esthetic and Operative Dentist working on a patient

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, restorative and functional needs.

During their clinical curriculum, students are trained to provide comprehensive dental care, utilizing the latest technologies available to dental professionals. Located in state-of the-art facilities and using all aspects of digital dentistry from intraoral scanners, 3D printers, digitally guided implant planning to digital design and milled restorations.

Students’ achievements include simple to more extensive smile reconstruction including teeth whitening, direct composite restorations, porcelain laminate veneers, ceramic 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 Digital Dentistry, Biomaterials, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ), and Implantology. Students also attend Esthetics-oriented classes such as Advanced Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Treatment Planning Course, Comprehensive Evidence-Based Esthetic Dentistry Literature Review, and multi-disciplinary oriented lectures.

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

Students also teach undergraduate students in Operative Dentistry. First year residents attend preclinical lectures and assist undergraduate students in their operative training. Second year residents provide clinical supervision in Operative Dentistry to undergraduate students in Tufts pre-doctoral clinic.

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 the Certificate program upon approval by the program director. Successful completion of a combined Advanced Education-Master of Science program is expected to require a minimum of 36 months (specific conditions apply).

Course of Study

Some of the courses including in the AEEOD curriculum are the following:

Advanced Education Courses

  • Biostatistics
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Management of the Medically Compromised Dental Patient
  • Dental Pharmacology
  • Complex Case Management Seminar
  • Overview of TMD & Orofacial Pain

Departmental Courses

  • Advanced Esthetic Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Comprehensive Literature Review
  • Advanced Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Course
  • Preclinical Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Course
  • Digital Dentistry
  • Advanced Prosthodontic Treatment Planning Seminar
  • Head & Neck Anatomy for Prosthodontics
  • Biomaterials


  • Dr. Wael Att, Professor & Department Chair
  • Dr. Aikaterini Papathanasiou, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
  • Dr. Maria Avrampou, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Gustavo Ernesto Mahn Arteaga, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Olympia Karacosta, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Panagiotis Papaspyridakos, Associate Professor

Visiting/Volunteer AEEOD Faculty:

  • Dr. Lisa Emerzian, Clinical Associate
  • Dr. Ahwed Maawadh, Clinical Associate
  • Dr. William Papadopoulos, Clinical Associate
  • Dr. Roya Zandparsa, Clinical Associate