Implant Dentistry — Certificate (post-D.D.S.), M.S.D., M.S.

The Implant Dentistry, Advanced Program leads to a certificate. The postdoctoral student may also obtain a Master of Science (M.S.) or a Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree. The program is designed to prepare the student for the practice of implant dentistry and to provide the foundation for the continued acquisition of knowledge and clinical skills in this demanding area.

Implant dentistry interfaces with the dental specialties of oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics, and periodontics. The implant dentistry student will be expected to achieve advanced knowledge and skills in certain aspects of all these dental specialties and to be proficient in implant prosthodontics and implant surgery. The content of the program is designed to prepare the student for certification by the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry; and upon application, s/he may be qualified as an associate fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

The program start date is July 1, and the required residence for the certificate is thirty-six months.

Following enrollment into the program, students may apply for acceptance to either the Master of Science (M.S.) or the Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree track, in addition to the specialty certificate. The application should be submitted before the end of the first year and must be supported by the program director. Admission into the M.S. or the M.S.D. degree track may extend the length of study to complete a research project and a thesis or a publishable paper. The additional time must be in residence.

Implant dentistry goals

  1. To educate graduates to deliver implant dentistry treatment.
  2. To provide in-depth didactic and clinical instruction in problem-based patient situations that require implant prosthodontic and surgical solutions.
  3. To train graduates to develop clinical practice.
  4. To train graduates to achieve the highest levels of patient-treatment satisfaction.
  5. To educate graduates to perform research and practice teaching.

Program link:https://llu.edu/dentistry/gradprograms

Application process

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of Loma Linda University.

Application deadline

Application for admission should be submitted by August 15 of the year prior to the summer of intended enrollment.

Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year (effective July 1, 2016) is approximately $16,523.00 per quarter. Tuition is adjusted annually every July 1st. These fees do not include instruments and textbooks that may be required. Students should plan on an annual increase consistent with inflation in the education sector.

A separate fee of $800.00 is charged for GRDN 632 Basic Microsurgery Techniques, taken by students during the first quarter.

Certificate

Major
IMPD 505Patient Presentation Seminar10
IMPD 533Applied Radiology for Implant Dentistry1.5
IMPD 547Implant Dentistry Grand Rounds10
IMPD 561Dental Bioengineering2
IMPD 585Implant Prosthodontics10
IMPD 601Literature Review in Implant Dentistry22
IMPD 604Current Literature Review in Implant Dentistry20
IMPD 611Introduction to Implant Dentistry2
IMPD 612Advanced Implant Dentistry2
IMPD 631Oral Implant Surgery11
IMPD 634Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Implant Dentistry10
IMPD 637Peri-Implant Histopathology1
IMPD 654Practice Teaching in Implant Dentistry3
IMPD 696Scholarly Activity in Implant Dentistry1
PERI 601Periodontal Therapy4
PERI 606Modern Concepts of Periodontal Wound Healing2
PERI 624Moderate Sedation in Periodontics4
PROS 500Prosthodontic Literature Review6
PROS 546Occlusion and Morphology2
PROS 547Occlusion: Principles and Instrumentation2
PROS 555Removable Partial Prosthodontics2
PROS 565Complete Denture Prosthodontics2
PROS 566Advanced Complete Denture Prosthodontics2
PROS 575Fixed Partial Prosthodontics2
PROS 576Advanced Fixed Partial Prosthodontics I (MC Aesthetics)2
PROS 595Maxillofacial Prosthetics2
Interdisciplinary
GRDN 514Introduction to Biomedical Research4
GRDN 535Clinical Oral Pathology2
GRDN 609Professional Ethics2
GRDN 622Biomedical Science I2
GRDN 632Basic Microsurgery Techniques2
OMFS 604Selected Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery4
OMFS 606Applied Surgical Anatomy1
REL_ 5__Graduate-level Religion3
Total Units157.5
Clinical 1
IMPD 725Clinical Practice in Implant Dentistry40
IMPD 726Clinical Practice in Periodontics in Implant Dentistry4
IMPD 727Clinical Practice of Prosthodontics in Implant Dentistry20
Total Units64
1

Units for clinic practice courses do not count toward minimum number of didactic units required for the degree.  

Normal time to complete the program

3 years (36 months) — full-time enrollment required

M.S.D.

In addition to completing the requirements for the certificate as listed above, students must also complete the following courses and fulfill the general requirements for the degree. Students may take up to one year following the completion of the certificate program to complete the M.S.D. degree.

IMPD 697AResearch1
IMPD 697BResearch1
IMPD 697CResearch1

Normal time to complete the program

3 years (36 months) — full-time enrollment required (this includes the time needed to complete the certificate program).

M.S.

In addition to completing the requirements for the certificate as listed above, students must also complete the following courses and fulfill the general requirements for the degree. Students have 5 years from the start of the certificate program to complete the M.S. degree.

IMPD 697AResearch1
IMPD 697BResearch1
IMPD 698Thesis1

Normal time to complete the program

3 years (36 months) — full-time enrollment required (this includes the time needed to complete the certificate program).

Director, Advanced Education Program

Jaime L. Lozada

Faculty

Aladdin J. Al-Ardah

Joseph Y. Kan

Jaime L. Lozada

John B. Won

Courses

IMPD 505. Patient Presentation Seminar. 1 Unit.

Presents implant patient treatment, discusses alternate methods of rehabilitation and related literature. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

IMPD 533. Applied Radiology for Implant Dentistry. 1.5 Unit.

Gives the postdoctoral student fundamental aspects of radiology imaging as part of the diagnosis and treatment.

IMPD 547. Implant Dentistry Grand Rounds. 1 Unit.

Weekly review of surgeries scheduled for the upcoming week in order to facilitate successful outcomes. Includes analysis of challenges, latest recommendations, techniques for minimizing postoperative side effects, and implementation of strategic surgical procedures.

IMPD 561. Dental Bioengineering. 2 Units.

Studies the structures and properties of dental implant materials and implant prosthodontic superstructures.

IMPD 585. Implant Prosthodontics. 2 Units.

Gives the graduate student in implant dentistry in-depth didactic and clinical instruction in techniques and procedures related to the rehabilitation of patients with prosthodontic devices supported by dental implants. Advanced clinical and laboratory procedures, emphasizing implant restorations for completely and partially edentulous patients. Emphasizes attachments and superstructure design. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

IMPD 601. Literature Review in Implant Dentistry. 2 Units.

Reviews historical and/or fundamental implant dentistry literature. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

IMPD 604. Current Literature Review in Implant Dentistry. 2 Units.

Gives the postdoctoral students in implant dentistry a deeper understanding of the research and literature currently available. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

IMPD 611. Introduction to Implant Dentistry. 2 Units.

Overview of the clinical science of implant dentistry, including etiology, therapy, clinical methods, and record keeping.

IMPD 612. Advanced Implant Dentistry. 2 Units.

Provides postdoctoral students with the knowledge and techniques of advanced prosthodontic and implant procedures—notably those involved in sinus graft surgery, surgical repairs of implant defects, and the principles involved in immediate loading of implants.

IMPD 631. Oral Implant Surgery. 1 Unit.

Instruction in basic and advanced implant surgery principles. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

IMPD 634. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Implant Dentistry. 1 Unit.

Didactic and clinical aspects of diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with complex dental problems. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

IMPD 637. Peri-Implant Histopathology. 1 Unit.

Gives the postdoctoral student in implant dentistry a better understanding of the implant interface and biological changes that take place in the tissues surrounding dental implants following their placement.

IMPD 654. Practice Teaching in Implant Dentistry. 1-3 Units.

Teaching experience in implant prosthodontics and implant surgery.

IMPD 696. Scholarly Activity in Implant Dentistry. 1 Unit.

Selected didactic, clinical, and/or laboratory activity developed by the program director or a designated program faculty member. Primarily designed for students to fulfill the certificate requirements for scholarly activity/research in implant dentistry. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these activities.

IMPD 697A. Research. 1 Unit.

Student identifies a research project, prepares a proposal, and obtains approval for the protocol. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these research activities. This is a required course for the Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree tracks.

IMPD 697B. Research. 1 Unit.

Conducting the actual research project, including the data collection. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these research activities.

IMPD 697C. Research. 1 Unit.

Student completes research project, holds a public presentation of research, and submits a publishable paper to his/her research guidance committee (RGC) for approval. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete the publishable paper.

IMPD 698. Thesis. 1-8 Units.

IMPD 725. Clinical Practice in Implant Dentistry. 4 Units.

Experience in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients who may benefit from implant dentistry therapy. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total clock hours. A minimum of 120 clock hours per quarter. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.

IMPD 726. Clinical Practice in Periodontics in Implant Dentistry. 2 Units.

Clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units. A minimum of sixty clock hours per quarter. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.

IMPD 727. Clinical Practice of Prosthodontics in Implant Dentistry. 2 Units.

Advanced clinical practice in the treatment of individuals with fixed, removable, maxillofacial, and implant prostheses. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units. A minimum of sixty clock hours per quarter. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.