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Graduate Prosthodontics Course Descriptions

583. Independent Studies. Ia and b, IIa and b, (1 each term enrolled)

Each term during the 1st and 2nd year, students will take part in this course which relies on readings and class discussion of current prosthodontic literature. Topics include: sleep apnea, pain management, advanced implant surgery, ceramics in prosthodontic treatment, minor periodontal surgery, etc. Each student is expected to prepare a presentation on a patient treatment and an advanced prosthodontic topic.
634. Principles of Complete Denture Prosthodontics. I. (1)
Discussions covering current and historical literature on topics directly related to complete denture construction.

636. Prosthodontics Seminar on Implants. II. (1)
This course consists of a series of seminars on the basic concepts and principles of dental implants for the prosthodontist.

637. Advanced Prosthodontics Seminar on Implants. II. (1)
This course consists of a series of seminars covering the application of implant therapy beyond basic theory and construction techniques. Current issues, maintenance, and the diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with complex problems are discussed.

638. Partial Denture Theory. I, IIIa. (1)
This course consists of a series of discussions of the literature related to removable partial denture prostheses. The interrelationship of the biology of the supporting systems and the mechanical aspects of various removable partial denture designs and procedures are discussed.

639. Application of Partial Denture Theory. (Prerequisite: Pros. 638.) I, IIIa (1)
This course consists of a series of seminars related to removable partial denture design and the clinical and laboratory procedures necessary to fabricate the chosen prostheses. Extracoronal and intracoronal prostheses are discussed.

643. Clinical Prosthodontics. I, II, IIIa. (To be arranged, Maximum 11.)
This course contains clinical experience that involves the treatment of dentate and edentulous patients that require extensive treatment. Patients are matched to the student’s expanding abilities and will progressively increase in complexity. Patients will require interdepartmental treating planning, fixed and removable restorations, and implants.

645. Investigation Leading to Thesis. (To be arranged, maximum 3)
The student electing the master’s program is required to undertake a specific topic for intensive study and investigation.

650 Complex Prosthodontic Treatment Planning Ia and b, IIa and b, IIIa (1 each term enrolled)
Each term with the exception of Spring/Summer the student will take part in this seminar series. The intent is to bridge the gap between the School and private practice of Prosthodontics. Students will present patient treatment plans for discussion by their peers and faculty with an emphasis on treatment options and plans of treatment.

646. Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar. IIIa. (1)
This course is taken during two terms. Term I is introductory and discusses the management of acquired maxillofacial problems. Emphasis is on head and neck oncology and multidisciplinary rehabilitation of cancer patients. Term II builds on Term I and discusses the management of congenital and acquired maxillofacial defects. Emphasis on multidisciplinary management of patient problems continues. Both terms require participation with written and oral presentations.

738. Principles of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. I. (1)
Current and classical research literature is reviewed in the areas of fixed prosthodontics and ceramics. The student will be able to evaluate the literature and utilize the information clinically.

739. Clinical Procedures in Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. II. (1)
This is a weekly seminar and literature evaluation course that explores the steps in producing a total mouth reconstruction with fixed restorations. The research, theories, and principles are explored that substantiate the clinician’s treatment of patients. These topics include preparations, temporization, posts and cores, centric registration, occlusion, diagnosis, impressions, and cementation. Precision attachment removable partial dentures using the stable base principles are presented.

This is a seminar, laboratory, and clinical course in the theories and principles for locating the terminal hinge axis, recording mandibular movements, and for setting a fully adjustable articulator. The procedures will be practiced in the laboratory and then utilized in a clinical situation. The recorded mandibular movements will be used to wax posterior teeth using the PKT waxing technique.

876. Advanced Clinical Procedures in Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. (Prerequisites: Rest. Dent. 739 and 875.) I, II. (I each term, max. 2)
This seminar covers philosophy of practice and patient management, psychological implications, establishment of a restorative practice, TMJ dysfunction (causes, diagnosis, treatment approach and restoring problems, and pantographics), uses and abuses. There are weekly reading assignments and summary papers. It also covers stable base appliances, deep overbites, hemi-sectioned teeth, cantilever bridges, incisal guidance, vertical dimension, centric relation, maintenance and repairs, implants, and research in impression materials and cements. Students prepare and present a seminar. There are weekly readings of research literature exploring each of these topics.

882. Ceramo-Metal Restorative Procedures. IIIa. (3)
This course provides lecture and hands-on laboratory experience in the steps to construct ceramometal restorations. Students will make crowns and bridges with varying designs. The research will discuss the porcelain-metal bond, framework design, anatomical internal shading, alloy selection, esthetic contouring and external staining.

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