Prosthodontics — Certificate (post-D.D.S.), M.S.D., M.S

The School of Dentistry's Prosthodontics, Advanced Specialty Program is designed to increase the knowledge base and the clinical and laboratory skills of the student in all areas of prosthodontics. In addition to conventional fixed and removable prosthodontics, this program offers considerable experience in implant prosthodontics esthetic dentistry; as well as an introduction to maxillofacial prosthetics, and the diagnosis and treatment of patients with temporomandibular dysfunction. Comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment-planning seminars with students and faculty of other advanced dental education programs are designed to prepare the student to interact with and coordinate the treatment of patients requiring advanced prosthodontic care.

The program begins on July 1 and requires thirty-six months in residence to complete the certificate requirements.

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 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; the additional time must also be in residence.

Prosthodontics goals

  1. To educate students to become proficient in the delivery of prosthodontic care.
  2. To train students to perform at the level of proficiency for the full range of clinical procedures that are considered an integral part of the specialty of prosthodontics; to utilize experienced, highly competent faculty who are recognized by the specialty; and to accomplish management of patients' prosthetic needs successfully so that the patients are satisfied, comfortable, and acceptably treated in a timely, efficient manner.
  3. To educate students to perform research and practice teaching.
  4. To encourage students to participate in prosthodontics dental teaching and to prepare them to continue to grow professionally and become emissaries for the School of Dentistry, the dental profession, and the specialty of prosthodontics.

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

Application process

The Prosthodontics, Advanced Program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), which allows applicants to apply to multiple participating institutions.

All applicants to the advanced education in prosthodontics program must complete and submit an online application (<llu.edu/central/apply>) directly to Loma Linda University.  A PASS application is available (<https://portal.passweb.org/), but not required.

This program also will accept direct applications from individuals who are not applying to other institutions through PASS.

Application deadline

Application for admission should be submitted by August 1 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.

Certificate

Major
IMPD 533Applied Radiology for Implant Dentistry1.5
IMPD 561Dental Bioengineering2
IMPD 611Introduction to Implant Dentistry2
IMPD 612Advanced Implant Dentistry2
PROS 500Prosthodontic Literature Review22
PROS 501Removable Partial Prosthodontics Literature Review2
PROS 502Complete Denture Prosthodontics Literature Review2
PROS 505Patient Presentation Seminar (Prosthodontics, Implant, Perio)9
PROS 515Practice Teaching in Prosthodontics2
PROS 525Dental Materials Science2
PROS 527Clinical Application of Dental Materials2
PROS 546Occlusion and Morphology2
PROS 547Occlusion: Principles and Instrumentation2
PROS 555Removable Partial Prosthodontics2
PROS 556TMJ Function and Dysfunction1
PROS 557Advanced Removable 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
PROS 604Literature Review in Implant Dentistry for Prosthodontists14
PROS 634Diagnosis and Treatment Planning18
PROS 637Geriatric Dentistry1
PROS 696Scholarly Activity in Prosthodontics1
Interdisciplinary
GRDN 514Introduction to Biomedical Research4
GRDN 535Clinical Oral Pathology2
GRDN 609Professional Ethics2
GRDN 622Biomedical Science I2
REL_ 5__Graduate-level Religion3
Total Units114.5
Clinical 1
PERI 606Modern Concepts of Periodontal Wound Healing2
PERI 608Dental Specialty Practice Management2
PROS 710Clinical Practice of Prosthodontics66
Total Units70
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.

PROS 697AResearch1
PROS 697BResearch1
PROS 697CResearch1

Normal time to complete the program

3 years — 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.

PROS 697AResearch1
PROS 697BResearch1
PROS 698Thesis2

Normal time to complete the program

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

Director, Advanced Specialty Education Program

Mathew T. Kattadiyil

Faculty

Nadim Baba

Charles J. Goodacre

Mathew T. Kattadiyil

Myron S. Winer

Courses

PROS 500. Prosthodontic Literature Review. 2 Units.

Discusses assigned topics from classic and current prosthodontic and course-related literature, led by students and moderated by faculty member in charge. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PROS 501. Removable Partial Prosthodontics Literature Review. 2 Units.

Discusses assigned topics from classic removable partial denture literature, led by students and moderated by faculty member in charge.

PROS 502. Complete Denture Prosthodontics Literature Review. 2 Units.

Discusses assigned topics from classic complete-denture literature, led by students and moderated by faculty member in charge.

PROS 505. Patient Presentation Seminar (Prosthodontics, Implant, Perio). 1 Unit.

Presents patient treatment. Discusses alternate methods of rehabilitation, as well as related literature. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PROS 515. Practice Teaching in Prosthodontics. 1,2 Unit.

Teaching experience in the areas of fixed and removable prosthodontics. Repeated registration required to fulfill the total units.

PROS 525. Dental Materials Science. 2 Units.

Elements of materials science. Properties of structural solids, metals, ceramics, and polymers related to their structure—using basic laws and principles from physics, chemistry, and engineering science.

PROS 527. Clinical Application of Dental Materials. 2 Units.

Discusses clinical application and manipulation of dental materials. Identifies and explains specific clinical problems and behavior based on the acquired knowledge of basic properties.

PROS 546. Occlusion and Morphology. 2 Units.

Lecture, seminar, and laboratory course that includes waxing techniques and axial and occlusal morphology of natural teeth. Concepts of occlusal function and dysfunction related to prosthodontic therapy.

PROS 547. Occlusion: Principles and Instrumentation. 2 Units.

Continues PROS 546—emphasizing occlusal equilibration, jaw movements, determinants of occlusion, and articulators commonly used.

PROS 555. Removable Partial Prosthodontics. 2 Units.

Lecture, seminar, and laboratory course covering principles, concepts, and techniques used to design and fabricate removable partial dentures.

PROS 556. TMJ Function and Dysfunction. 1 Unit.

Provides students with information about the function and dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint and associated structures. Prepares students to obtain history, perform clinical examination, recognize disorders, and prescribe treatment. Introduces students to diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, as well as neuropathic and neurovascular pain. Students complete a term paper on a related topic.

PROS 557. Advanced Removable Partial Prosthodontics. 2 Units.

Advanced clinical and laboratory procedures, emphasizing intracoronal attachments, rotational path, and alternate removable partial-denture design.

PROS 565. Complete Denture Prosthodontics. 2 Units.

Clinical and laboratory procedures for the fabrication of complete dentures, including setting and balancing denture teeth.

PROS 566. Advanced Complete Denture Prosthodontics. 2 Units.

Lecture and clinical course, with seminar covering the treatment of immediate denture and overdenture, and treatment of difficult and unusual complete denture situations.

PROS 575. Fixed Partial Prosthodontics. 2 Units.

Tooth preparation for and fabrication of extracoronal restorations and fixed prostheses, including partial coverage gold crowns, complete coverage gold crowns, pinledge retainers, metal-ceramic crowns, metal-ceramic pontics, and sanitary pontics.

PROS 576. Advanced Fixed Partial Prosthodontics I (MC Aesthetics). 2 Units.

Clinical and laboratory procedures, emphasizing advanced metal-ceramic restorations.

PROS 595. Maxillofacial Prosthetics. 2 Units.

Design and fabrication of obturators for partial maxillectomy patients, both edentulous and dentulous. Introduces fabrication of extraoral prostheses.

PROS 604. Literature Review in Implant Dentistry for Prosthodontists. 2 Units.

Gives the postdoctoral student a deeper understanding of the research and literature currently available on the restoration of implants. Emphasizes biomechanics of implant restorations. Repeated registrations required to fulfill the total units.

PROS 634. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. 2 Units.

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

PROS 637. Geriatric Dentistry. 1 Unit.

Lectures selected to enhance the knowledge base in the expanding area of elder care. Problems of chronic diseases combined with multiple drug regimens that complicate care for this population.

PROS 696. Scholarly Activity in Prosthodontics. 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 prosthodontics. Multiple registrations may be needed to complete these activities.

PROS 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.

PROS 697B. Research. 1 Unit.

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

PROS 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.

PROS 698. Thesis. 2 Units.

PROS 710. Clinical Practice of Prosthodontics. 6 Units.

Advanced clinical practice in the treatment of individuals with fixed, removable, maxillofacial, or implant prostheses. A minimum of 180 clock hours per quarter. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.