Curriculum & Clinical Requirements

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Complete Dentures

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Removable Partial Dentures

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Fixed Prosthodontics

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Diagnostic Wax-Up

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Fixed Dental Prosthesis

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Implant Supported Crowns

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Implant Retained Overdenture

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Implant Supported Fixed Denture

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    CAD/CAM Titanium Implant Bars

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    Advanced Education in Prosthodontics

    Implant Surgical Placement

Curriculum & Clinical Requirements

Seminars, Didactic Courses, Clinical Experiences, Clinical Requirements


Residents participate in a number of seminars conducted each year during the fall and spring semesters. These seminars are designed to provide an interactive learning experience. Residents are expected to actively participate based on their understanding of the dental literature, the scientific method and their developing clinical experience.


Dent 7111 Current Literature Review in Dentistry (2 credits) Conrad
This course reviews articles taken from the “Current Literature” of the discipline of Prosthodontics. Topics covered include (but are not limited to), Complete Dentures, Fixed Partial Dentures, Removable Partial Dentures, and Implant Prosthodontics. Residents will develop the capacity and competence to comprehend, interpret, and express verbally a complete understanding of the article presented and the ability to relate the knowledge base gathered from the article reviewed to the clinical care you will provide.

Dent 7112 Treatment Planning Seminar (2 credits) Conrad
This seminar is designed to assist residents in being able to meet related goals and objectives of the Graduate Program in Prosthodontics as listed in the programs Resident Training manual. Specifically, Goal #1 “To develop the diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary for successful provision of complex Prosthodontics treatment” and Objective #1 “To ensure successful completion and presentation of treatment plans for patients requiring complex restorative care as required in the Prosthodontics treatment planning seminar course”. To accomplish this task, the seminar incorporates two approaches. The first approach requires a resident to present a detailed treatment plan (on a scheduled basis using a described format) for a number of complex patients over the thirty-three months of his / her program. The resident will also be expected to share the results of any treatment completed for these same patients (using a described format). The second approach uses scheduled presentations by faculty and guests (using a seminar format) to address topics related to the ability to successfully treatment plan / treat patients requiring complex restorative care.

Dent 7220 Prosthetically-Driven Implant Surgery and Treatment Planning (1 credit) Conrad, Birdi
The objectives of this course are to provide in-depth didactic instruction in: patient selection & treatment planning for implant therapy from simple cases to esthetically demanding cases to full-arch cases, indications & contra-indications of various types of implants with respect to final restoration, surgical anatomical considerations, flap design, suture types and suturing methods, materials and methods for socket grafting and ridge augmentation, surgical placement of implants, immediate versus delayed implant placement protocols, management of surgical complications, maintenance of dental implants, the management and prevention of peri-implantitis. Upon completion of this course, residents will clinically be able to plan treatment, perform dental implant surgeries and simple bone grafting procedures with an advanced understanding of the anticipated and desired prosthetic result. The residents will also be able to distinguish important anatomical landmarks for implant surgeries and how to deal with potential complications.

Dent 7322 Multidisciplinary Treatment Seminar (1 credit) Hinrichs
This class will utilize DVD videos of national and internationally recognized experts employing a lecture format followed by an in-depth discussion of the topic. A selected list of references to be cited by that day’s lecturer will be distributed to course participants prior to class so they can read the articles in order to establish their biological rationale for employing the therapy and thereby contribute to the discussion. This course is intended to enhance the participants aware of the following treatment approaches and their biological rationale: use of bone grafting procedures to re-establish horizontal/vertical dimensions of edentulous ridges, restoring and preserving soft tissue esthetics around implants, provisional restorations for dental implants, and periodontal plastic surgery procedures to enhance esthetics for teeth.

Pero 7321 Periodontics/Orthodontics Seminar (1 cr.) Hinrichs, Langsjoen
This course will present a series of lectures that explain the rationale for combined orthodontic and periodontal treatment for malocclusion cases that have experienced periodontal disease. The course objectives are to: 1) enhance the orthodontist's periodontal diagnostic and treatment planning skills of malocclusion cases with periodontitis. 2) enhance the periodontist's understanding of orthodontic treatment options for malocclusions and 3) illustrate how joint treatment efforts by an orthodontist and a periodontist can be combined to result in successful treatment of malocclusions for patients that have experienced periodontal disease.

Pros 7110 Classic Prosthodontic Literature Review (2 credits) Holtan
This course reviews articles taken from the “Classic Literature” of the discipline of Prosthodontics. Topics covered include (but are not limited to), Complete Dentures, Fixed Partial Dentures, Removable Partial Dentures, and Implant Prosthodontics. Residents will develop the capacity and competence to comprehend, interpret, and express verbally a complete understanding of historically-based, widely accepted philosophies and principles in prosthodontics, the aptitude to discuss the scientific merit of the article in question, and the ability to relate the knowledge base gathered from the article reviewed to the clinical care you will provide.


Didactic Courses


Anat 7999 Head and Neck Anatomy (3 credits) Cook
This course includes a detailed examination of head and neck anatomy from the gross morphological, functional, developmental, and radiographic aspects. The objectives are to understand regional anatomy of the head and neck, to demonstrate 3-dimensional relationships of structures in the head and neck, to be able to correlate head and neck anatomy with common clinical procedures, and to be able to perform and interpret cranial nerve testing. 

Dent 7033 Teaching and Evaluation in Dentistry (3 credits) Born (*Core Course)
This course introduces students to specific concepts and tools that will help them plan and implement dental education programs, to provide participants with practical teaching experiences, and to promote critical thinking about teaching and student assessment (and evaluation) in dentistry. Through classroom activities, reflection and analysis, and assignments, students will explore and develop teaching skills that promote learning in the dental practice, in continuing education settings, and in the formal classroom.

Dent 7051 Advanced Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine (2 cr) Rhodus
This is a reading, lecture, and case-based, course designed to expand upon the graduate students understanding of medical-systemic problems encountered in dental practice and to emphasize the principles of recognition and management of dental patients with medical problems. The foundation upon which the principle of medical management is based is thorough evaluation and recognition of the medically compromised patient. The series of lectures in this course will be dedicated to these objectives. A thorough understanding of the textbook is essential to accomplishing the specific objectives.

Dent 7052 Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologic Interpretation (2 cr) Ahmad
This course consists of a systematic study of intraoral and extraoral radiographs emphasizing radiographic, anatomy; radiologic interpretation of developmental and acquired anomalies of teeth, osseous structures, maxillary sinus and temporomandibular joints and manifestations of systemic diseases in jaws and associated structures. The purpose of this course is to assist students to recognize radiographic patterns of normal tissues and to detect and to evaluate radiographic evidence of deviations from normal so that they can make valid recommendations and judgments on the basis of radiographs alone or in conjunction with other procedures in arriving at a differential diagnosis, a tentative diagnosis, and the definitive or final diagnosis, treatment plan and prognosis. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to use concepts already learned in oral and general pathology and basic biological science courses in understanding and evaluating the nature of the disease process.

Dent 7061/62 Special Oral Pathology I & II (2 cr) Rohrer
This course of advanced oral and maxillofacial pathology is for residents/graduate students. The emphasis will be on clinical-pathologic correlation of diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region. The course will be a discussion format with student descriptions of pathologic conditions from clinical and radiographic images, student descriptions of histopathology from biopsy material, and discussion of disease management.

Dent 7102 Conscious Sedation (2 cr) Hinrichs
This course will utilize a seminar-discussion format. Each participating individual will be expected to have read that day's assignment prior to class and be prepared to contribute to the discussion. This course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge and ability to a) assess physical risk for dental patients, b) recognize and manage ECG dysrhythmias, c) administer local anesthetics and manage any associated complications, d) know the advantages, limitations and be able to manage possible complications associated with the administration of agents used to control anxiety during dental procedures [including the following routes of administration: oral, intramuscular, inhalation and intravenous] and e) prevent, recognize and manage medical emergencies which might arise within the dental setting.

Dent 7123 Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain (1 cr) Nixdorf
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with the basic didactic information needed to recognize and manage patients with temporomandibular disorders. It will also give an overview of the scope and complexity of the clinical practice of TMD and Orofacial Pain management. At the conclusion of this course, graduate students will be able to: delineate the scope of practice within the area of TMD & Orofacial Pain, outline the components of a patient history needed to obtain a diagnosis of TMD, outline the components of a physical exam needed to obtain a diagnosis of TMD, know the general differential diagnosis for pain presenting in the orofacial region, provide patients with TMD self-care, provide medical management for patients with acute TMD pain, explain various treatment options available for TMD patient care, discuss the various care providers, and their roles, typically involved in TMD patient care, list the various types of pain that may present in the orofacial region, apply diagnosis and treatment planning skill to patients in the TMD and Orofacial Pain Clinic.

Dent 7411 Dental Biomaterials in Prosthodontics (1 cr.) Aparicio
Almost every course of dental treatment involves the use of biomaterials. This is particularly relevant in the field of prosthodontics. Use of the wrong material, or wrong usage of the correct material, can contribute significantly to failure of treatment. Thus the general course purpose is stated as: “the application of scientific principles to the selection and utilization of dental biomaterials in prosthodontics.” The emphasis will be in understanding (i) the structure-properties relationship and (ii) the role and performance of synthetic materials in a living environment.

Dent 8100 Topics in Advanced Periodontology: Literature Review Bacteriology/Immunology (2 cr.) Costalonga
Discussion and/or lecture presentations addressing recent literature as related to etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. The course will be directed to graduate students in periodontology and other interested students in post-graduate programs in the School of Dentistry.

Dent 8101 Dental Implantology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2 cr.) Hinrichs
The objectives of this course are to provide in-depth didactic instruction in: historical development of implants, biological principles of dental implants, indication & contra-indications of various implants, prosthetic requirements of dental implants, patient selection & treatment planning for placement of implants, use of appropriate sterile & aseptic techniques, surgical preparation of implant sites, surgical placement of implants, prosthodontic principals for restoring implants, construction of provisional restorations for dental implants, impression and scanning techniques used in conjunction with fabrication of restorations, maintenance of dental implants, the management of peri-implantitis, and the surgical removal & replacement of implants.

OBio 5001 Methods in Research and Writing (2 cr.) Michalowicz, Rudney (*Core Course)
This course focuses on the development of basic research skills including the preparation of a research proposal typically related to an MS program project. The purpose of this course is to help you plan your graduate research project by following these steps: begin a critical review of the literature, identify a problem worthy of investigation, formulate a specific hypothesis, develop a study design, and give two oral presentations describing various components of your research proposal and prepare a written proposal.

Pros 7171 Principles of Maxillofacial Care (2 credits) Brosky
This course introduces the residents to literature and patient care in maxillofacial prosthodontics. The goal of the course is to didactically provide adequate knowledge and understanding of Maxillofacial Prosthodontic/Prosthetic principals so that the Prosthodontic resident has an understanding of this specific patient population. i.e., Maxillectomy, Mandibulectomy, Cleft lip and Cleft Palate, Craniofacial, and Trauma patients. This information and knowledge will allow the resident answer basic questions proposed by this specific patient population as to potential treatment options and outcomes. i.e., complete dentures, removable partial dentures, implants prosthodontics (fixed or removable), speech prosthesis, obturators, extra-oral prosthetics, and pre-radiation dental screening.

PubH 6414 Biostatistical Methods I (3 credits) Menk (*Core Course)
This is a basic course in biostatistics that includes descriptive statistics, probability models, and several fundamental hypothesis-testing techniques. At the conclusion of the course, the students will be able to recognize fundamentals of biostatistics in health-related fields, calculate basic descriptive statistics, use a statistical software package to graphically display data, have a basic understanding of probability models and how these relate to statistics, estimate population parameters from sample data and calculate confidence intervals, understand the principles of hypothesis testing and the correct interpretation of hypothesis test results, generate regression analysis and ANOVA summaries and correctly interpret the results, determine the appropriate test to use based on how the data were collected and on the outcome variable of interest.

PubH 6751 Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2 credits) Begun (*Core Course)
Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations draws primarily from the fields of organizational theory and behavior to equip students with management and leadership competencies that enable them to make a positive difference in their work organizations and in the health of populations. In addition to facilitating more effective management and leadership, the competencies enable those who will not be in management positions to better understand managers and to more effectively contribute to their organizations. After completing this course, students will be better able to describe and understand the key competencies of managers of healthcare and public health organizations, understand their own strengths and weaknesses in management competencies, communicate with and mentor others in the workplace, effectively contribute to organizational teams and teamwork, use participative decision-making in groups and organizations, apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues, manage interpersonal conflict in the workplace, develop and communicate organizational vision/mission/goals/objectives, mange change in organizations, use power and politics for personal and organizational effectiveness, communicate clearly and concisely in writing, and espouse a collaborative leadership philosophy.


Clinical Experiences

Residents are assigned complex patients whose treatment needs may require the use of fixed, removable, and/or implant prosthodontics. Each patient assigned receives a comprehensive evaluation. This evaluation is followed by the development of a comprehensive treatment plan that must be reviewed and signed by a faculty member prior to the initiation of any actual patient treatment. Resident clinical progress is monitored by faculty on a daily basis and by evaluating their performance during treatment planning seminars. Written grading instruments are used for this seminar performance evaluation. Following completion of the seminar, the performance evaluation is reviewed with the resident by the program director. Resident clinical performance is closely tied to their understanding of the literature. Accordingly, their performance in current and classic literature seminars is evaluated using written instruments. Residents overall performance is evaluated at the end of each semester. Residents are given the opportunity to formally discuss this semester end evaluation (as well as any other evaluation) with the program director.

In addition, first and third year residents participate in a clinical rotation in prosthodontics at Hennepin County Medical Center, Dental Clinic. The objective for this rotation is to give residents additional exposure to techniques related to all areas of prosthodontics, including maxillofacial prosthodontics. The teaching staff consists of Dr. Brandon DeWitt, a Prosthodontist and Dr. Todd Lund, a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. The rotation for each resident will be for one day per week for three to four months in each of their first and third years. Drs. DeWitt and Lund provide a written evaluation of the individual resident performance on completion of his/her rotation to the Program Director.

Pros 7200 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics (5 credits) Conrad, Holtan
This course is the clinical training portion of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics. This course runs continuously (M-F) for the entire thirty-three month long program and represents approximately 60% of a resident’s educational time commitment. This course offers clinical instruction in all areas of prosthodontics, i.e., complete dentures, fixed partial dentures, removable partial dentures, and implant prosthodontics. It is designed to assure sufficient clinical experiences for a resident to become proficient in the comprehensive treatment of a wide range of complex prosthodontic patients.

Pros 7210 Advanced Technical Restorative Dentistry (2 credits) Conrad, Holtan
This course encompasses the disciplines of complete dentures, fixed partial dentures, removable partial dentures, and implant prosthodontics (dental materials are interspersed as appropriate). For the most part, each section will utilize demonstrations, clinical exercises, laboratory exercises, assigned readings, and a seminar format to accomplish the overall goals and objectives.

Clinical Requirements

Complete dentures (including immediate dentures) – 30 units
Removable partial dentures – 10 units
Crowns – natural teeth – 80 units
Crowns – implants – 80 units
Implant dentures – 7 units
Implant placement – 20 units

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