Heather J. Conrad

Heather J. Conrad

Academic Title

Associate Professor
Director Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics
Division of Prosthodontics
Department of Restorative Sciences


Prosthodontics, Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, 2007 - Prosthodontics, Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, 2007
Dentistry, Master of Science (MS), University of Minnesota, Graduate School, Minneapolis, MN, 2003-2006
Other Education
Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 1992-1997 - Prosthodontics, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN, 2003-2006

Contact Info




Office Address

9-176c Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Dr. Conrad graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, with a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1997. While working full time in private practice, she became a Sessional Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the second year Fixed Prosthodontics class at the University of Saskatchewan. After six years, she decided to leave private practice and pursue an academic career by enrolling in post graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. She completed the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree in 2006 and accepted an offer for tenure track Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry. She has since completed the American and Canadian specialty examinations to become a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Conrad is the Course Director for Pros 7200 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics, Pros 7210 Advanced Technical Restorative Dentistry, Pros 7111 Current Literature Review Seminar, and Pros 7112 Treatment Planning Seminar. She is also a member of the Educational Policy Committee, Scholastic Standing Committee, and Graduate School Faculty Roster. Locally, nationally and internationally, Dr. Conrad is a prosthodontic consultant to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, was elected to a 4-year term on the Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics and elected as Chair of the Prosthodontic Section of ADEA, and currently serves on the Question Development Team for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada. In April 2012, Dr. Conrad was appointed the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics and promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure.

Research Interests

Implant screw mechanics

Sinus grafting for implants

Implant impression techniques

All ceramic crown materials and properties

Virtual reality based technologies


Educational Awards:

Professor of the Year - 2011

Elected to the Council for the American Board of Prosthodontics - 2010

Professor of the Year - 2010

Professor of the Year - 2009

Prosthodontic consultant for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry

Thank a Teacher certificate sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning - 2007

Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics - 2006

Lifetime Member of Cambridge Who's Who

ADA National Board Dental Exam Certificate

American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation Scholarship - 2005

Lifetime Member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation Scholarship 2003

National Dental Examining Board of Canada Certificate

Teledyne Water Pik Pursuit of Excellence Award in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics

Harcourt and Brace Book Award for Excellent Academic Performance

Lutheran Life University Scholarship (x4)

Canada Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance in Science and Technology

University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association Scholarship

St. Thomas More College Scholarship

Research Awards and Grants:

Astra Tech AB Grant (co-investigator) - 2010

American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation (co-investigator) - 2009

First Place 2007 AAFP Stanley D. Tylman Research Award

American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics Stanley D. Tylman Research Grant


Chong J, Seong WJ, Conrad HJ. Lead foil technique for partially edentulous radiographic guide. J Pros Dent 2012;108:268-70.

Conrad H, Buchanan J, Welk A. Advanced Simulation Clinic Orientation. MedEdPORTAL: http://services.aamc.org/mededportal/servlet/s/segment/mededportal/?subid=8235

Conrad HJ, Holtan JR. Internalized discoloration of dentin under porcelain crowns: a clinical report. J Prosthet Dent 2009;101:153-7.

Conrad HJ, Jung J, Barczak M, Basu S, Seong WJ. Retrospective cohort study of the predictors of implant failure in the posterior maxilla. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2011;26:154-62.

Conrad HJ, Mills EA. Dental students choosing licensure path give more consideration to career flexibility rather than ethical dilemmas. J Am Coll Dent 2011;78:24-32.

Conrad HJ, Pesun IJ, DeLong R, Hodges JS. Accuracy of two impression techniques with angulated implants. J Prosthet Dent 2007;97:349-56.

Conrad HJ, Schulte JK, Vallee MC. Fractures related to occlusal overload with single posterior implants: a clinical report. J Prosthet Dent 2008;99:251-6.

Conrad HJ, Seong WJ, Pesun IJ. Current ceramic materials and systems with clinical recommendations: a systematic review. J Prosthet Dent 2007;98:389-404.

Hinckfuss S, Conrad H, Lin L, Lunos S, Seong WJ. Effect of surgical guide design and surgeon's experience on the accuracy of implant placement. J Oral Implantol 2012;38:311-23.

Seong WJ, Barczak M, Jung J, Basu S, Olin PS, Conrad HJ. Prevalence of sinus augmentation associated with maxillary posterior implants. J Oral Implantol 2013;39:680-8.

Seong WJ, Conrad HJ, Hinrichs JE. Potential damage to bone-implant interface when measuring initial implant stability. J Periodontol 2009;80:1868-74.

Seong WJ, Grami S, Jeong SC, Conrad HJ, Hodges JS. Comparison of Push-In versus Pull-Out Tests on Bone-Implant Interfaces of Rabbit Tibia Dental Implant Healing Model. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res 2013;15:460-9.

Tiossi R, de Torres EM, Rodrigues RCS, Conrad HJ, de Mattos Mda G, Fok ASL, Ribeiro RF. Comparison of the correlation of photoelasticity and digital imaging to characterize the load transfer of implant-supported restorations. J Prosthet Dent 2014;112:276-84.

Tiossi R, Lin L, Conrad HJ, Rodrigues RC, Heo YC, de Mattos Mda G, Fok AS, Ribeiro RF. Digital image correlation analysis on the influence of crown material in implant-supported prostheses on bone strain distribution. J Prosthodont Res 2012;56:25-31.

Tiossi R, Lin L, Rodrigues RC, Heo YC, Conrad HJ, de Mattos Mda G, Ribeiro RF, Fok ASL. Digital image correlation analysis of the load transfer by implant-supported restorations. J Biomech 2011;44:1008-13.

Tiossi R, Vasco MAA, Lin L, Conrad HJ, Bezzon OL, Ribeiro RF, Fok ASL. Validation of finite element models for strain analysis of implant-supported prostheses using digital image correlation. Dent Mater 2013;29:788-96.

Vallee MC, Conrad HJ, Basu S, Seong WJ. Accuracy of friction-style and spring-style mechanical torque limiting devices for dental implants. J Prosthet Dent 2008;100:86-92.


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