Curriculum & 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

This course reviews articles taken from the current literature of the discipline of prosthodontics. Topics covered include complete dentures, fixed dental prostheses, removable dental prostheses, 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

This seminar is designed to assist residents in being able to develop the diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary for successful provision of complex prosthodontic treatment and to ensure successful completion and presentation of treatment plans for patients requiring complex restorative care.

Dent 7220 Prosthetically-Driven Implant Surgery and Treatment Planning

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. 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

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. This course is intended to enhance the participants’ awareness 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

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 enhance the orthodontist's periodontal diagnostic and treatment planning skills of malocclusion cases with periodontitis, enhance the periodontist's understanding of orthodontic treatment options for malocclusions and 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

This course reviews articles taken from the classic literature of the discipline of prosthodontics. Topics covered include complete dentures, fixed dental prostheses, removable dental prostheses, 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

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

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, 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

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.

Dent 7052 Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologic Interpretation

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.

Dent 7061/62 Special Oral Pathology I & II

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

This course is designed to enhance the resident's knowledge and ability to assess physical risk for dental patients, recognize and manage ECG dysrhythmias, and know the advantages and limitations while being able to manage possible complications associated with the administration of agents used to control anxiety during dental procedures, and prevent, recognize, and manage medical emergencies, that may arise within the dental setting.

Dent 7123 Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with the basic didactic information needed to recognize and manage patients with temporomandibular disorders. 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 and 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, and apply diagnosis and treatment planning skills to patients in the TMD and Orofacial Pain Clinic.

Dent 7411 Dental Biomaterials in Prosthodontics

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. The purpose of the course is to apply scientific principles to the selection and utilization of dental biomaterials in prosthodontics. The emphasis will be in understanding the structure-properties relationship and the role and performance of synthetic materials in a living environment.

Dent 8100 Topics in Advanced Periodontology: Literature Review Bacteriology/Immunology

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.

Dent 8101 Dental Implantology: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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

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

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.

PubH 6414 Biostatistical Methods I

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, and 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

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.

Clinical Experiences

Residents are assigned complex patients whose treatment needs may require the use of fixed, removable, and/or implant prosthodontics.

Pros 7200 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics

This course is the clinical training portion of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics. This course runs continuously for the entire duration of the program and represents approximately 60% of a resident’s educational time commitment. This course offers clinical instruction in all areas of 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

This course encompasses the disciplines of complete dentures, fixed dental prostheses, removable dental prostheses, dental anatomy, and implant prosthodontics. 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


Dent 8777 Thesis Credits: Master’s
All prosthodontic residents enroll in the University of Minnesota Graduate School beginning in the fall semester of their first year. Residents are not required but are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for a Master’s Degree. This degree requires that they design and conduct a research project, prepare a thesis and report and defend their results in a written and oral form. As of this date, all our students have elected to receive a MS degree.