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Postgraduate Prosthodontics Curriculum

First Year Curriculum
  • PPRO 753 -Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Seminar
  • PPRO 760 -Seminars in Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 766 -Clinical Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 773 -Interdisciplinary Seminars
  • PPRO 793 -Teaching Clerkship in Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 800 -MDS (Prosthodontics) Research & Manuscript
  • PPRO 810 -Classic Prosthodontic Literature Seminar
  • PPRO 811 -Contemporary Evidence-Based Prosthodontic Journal Club
  • PPRO 812/14 -Regenerative Periodontology
  • PPRO 813/15 -Contemporary Implant Dentistry
  • PDSC 820 -Dental Science Core: Research Methods
  • PDSC 821 -Dental Science Core: Dental Ethics
  • PDSC 822 -Dental Science Core: Oral Sciences I
  • PDSC 823 -Dental Science Core: Oral Sciences II
  • PDSC 824 -Dental Science Core: Biomechanics & Biomaterials
  • PDSC 825 -Dental Science Core: Clinical Head & Neck Anatomy
  • PDSC 826 -Dental Science Core: Advanced Applied Pharmacology
  • PDSC 827 -Dental Science Core: Oral Diagnosis & Oral Medicine
  • PPER 736 -Advanced Implant Dentistry
Second Year Curriculum
  • PPRO 753 -Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Seminar
  • PPRO 760 -Seminars in Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 766 -Clinical Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 773 -Interdisciplinary Seminars
  • PPRO 793 -Teaching Clerkship in Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 800 -MDS (Prosthodontics) Research & Manuscript
  • PPRO 810 -Classic Prosthodontic Literature Seminar
  • PPRO 811 -Contemporary Evidence-Based Prosthodontic Journal Club
  • PPRO 812/14 -Regenerative Periodontology
  • PPRO 813/15 -Contemporary Implant Dentistry
  • PPER 736 -Advanced Implant Dentistry
Third Year Curriculum
  • PPRO 753 -Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Seminar
  • PPRO 760 -Seminars in Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 766 -Clinical Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 773 -Interdisciplinary Seminars
  • PPRO 793 -Teaching Clerkship in Prosthodontics
  • PPRO 800 -MDS (Prosthodontics) Research & Manuscript
  • PPRO 810 -Classic Prosthodontic Literature Seminar
  • PPRO 811 -Contemporary Evidence-Based Prosthodontic Journal Club
  • PPRO 812/14 -Regenerative Periodontology
  • PPRO 813/15 -Contemporary Implant Dentistry
  • PPER 736 -Advanced Implant Dentistry

 

Go to the Advanced Prosthodontic Program Curriculum for a detailed printable version of the 3 year curriculum.

 

Course Descriptions

Postgraduate Prosthodontics Course Descriptions

NOTE: Postgraduate Prosthodontics courses are designated PPRO.

  • 700-level courses are Postgrad Prosthodontics course without CGHS credit.
  • 800-level courses carry CGHS credit.

PPRO 800 – MDS (Prosthodontics) Research & Manuscript
This course provides postgraduate students with the experience of engaging in research in dental and related sciences, and to pursue a Masters of Dental Science (MDS) degree in the UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences. Involvement in this course is arranged to meet individual student needs. Students work with advisors experienced in research methodology and scientific writing. Research mentorship is provided by faculty members gathered to satisfy the needs of the student and the research project being pursued. Student activities include topic-specific review of literature, research protocol development, hands-on research, data acquisition, statistical analysis and interpretation of experimental results, drawing conclusions, and publication of outcomes. Public defense of the research effort and submission of a manuscript to a professional journal in accordance with regulation established by the College of Graduate Health Sciences are required. Research, public defense, and manuscript submission accomplished during this course are in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Dental Science degree awarded by the UTHSC, College of Graduate Health Sciences. [Course Director: Dr. David Cagna; MDS Credit Hours: Variable; Offered: Fall & Spring]

PPRO 810 – Classic Prosthodontic Literature Review
This seminar provides exposure to historically relevant, scientific literature in various subject areas associated with prosthodontics and related sciences. Periodic and critical abstracting of this literature is accomplished by seminar attendees in order to maintain a database of condensed, topic-oriented summaries. Students in the Advanced Prosthodontic Program participate in this seminar each semester of their three-year residency. Twenty-four broad topics pertinent to prosthodontics are covered on a rotational basis over a three-year period. Eight topics are covered during each year of the students’ three-year residency program. Seminars are led by the Assistant Director of the Advanced Prosthodontic Program. Other members of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty are invited to participate when their expertise on the seminar topic is considered beneficial to the learning experience. [Course Director: Dr. Wainscott Hollis; MDS Credit Hours: 3; Offered: Fall & Spring]

PPRO 811 – Contemporary Evidence-Based Prosthodontic Journal Club
This seminar provides exposure to historically relevant, scientific literature in various subject areas associated with prosthodontics and related sciences. Periodic and critical abstracting of this literature is accomplished by seminar attendees in order to maintain a database of condensed, topic-oriented summaries. Students in the Advanced Prosthodontic Program participate in this seminar each semester of their three-year residency. Twenty-four broad topics pertinent to prosthodontics are covered on a rotational basis over a three-year period. Eight topics are covered during each year of the students’ three-year residency program. Seminars are led by the Assistant Director of the Advanced Prosthodontic Program. Other members of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty are invited to participate when their expertise on the seminar topic is considered beneficial to the learning experience.  [Course Director: Dr. Wainscott Hollis; MDS Credit Hours: 2; Offered: Fall & Spring]

PPRO 813 and 815 – Contemporary Implant Dentistry 1 & 2
The Implant Dentistry course consists of classic and current literature review seminars and a final examination. This course presents the rationale for basic surgical skill development and esthetic considerations and surgical skills of patients with peri-implant deficiencies and diseases. In addition, esthetic concerns and inadequate masticatory function will be addressed. The course provides in-depth knowledge for surgical treatment planning of dental implant rehabilitations and pre-prosthetic surgeries, using evidence-based approach. [Course Director: Dr. Cimara Ferreira; MDS Credit Hours: 2; Offered: Fall & Spring]

PPRO 812 and PPRO 814 – Regenerative Periodontology 1 & 2
The Surgical Periodontology course consists of classic and current literature review seminars and a final examination. This course presents the rationale for various surgical approaches for the clinical management of patients with peri-implant deficiencies and diseases, esthetic concerns. The course provides in-depth knowledge for surgical treatment planning for peri-implant hard and soft-tissue deficiencies and pre-prosthetic surgeries using evidence-based approach.  [Course Director: Dr. Cimara Ferreira; MDS Credit Hours: 2; Offered: Fall & Spring]

PPRO 753 – Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Seminar
This course presents theory and principals involved in the treatment of maxillofacial defects. Topics include evaluation of patient needs, selection of appropriate impression materials and techniques, laboratory fabrication of the prosthesis, placement of the prosthesis, and follow-up. All topics emphasize features unique to maxillofacial prosthetics, while comparing and contrasting these features with conventional prostheses. Optimal surgical outcomes related to defect design for enhance restorability are discussed. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are considered in light of their impact on the maxillofacial patient. [Course Director: Dr. Greg Paprocki; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered Fall]

PPRO 760 – Seminars in Prosthodontics
This overview of prosthodontics is presented in a variety of formats (literature/textbook review and discussion, lecture, student presentations, and seminar). Subject areas covered include occlusion, complete dentures, removable partial dentures, anatomy and physiology, TMJ-TMD, dental impressions, tooth preparation, dental implants, laboratory procedures, dental material science, relevant topics in bioengineering, and other subjects pertinent to the practice of prosthodontics. Clinically related seminars include examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment planning for patients with prosthodontics needs. A variety of approaches to treatment and the importance of supportive therapy for treated patients are emphasized. The interrelationship between basic sciences and clinical aspects of prosthodontics is emphasized. An annual review of topics relevant to the private practice of prosthodontics is provided. Appropriate reading material from standard textbooks and prosthodontic literature is often assigned for seminar meetings. [Course Director: Dr. Wainscott Hollis; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

PPRO 766 – Clinical Prosthodontics
The provision of clinical prosthodontic care occurs in the Advanced Prosthodontic Clinic at the UTHSC College of Dentistry. In this setting, prosthodontic residents gain advanced-level experience in the management of complex edentulous, partially edentulous and dentate patients, including the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. Detailed diagnostic information gathering and analysis of all dental problems are emphasized. Diverse treatment approaches to complicated prosthodontic problems are encountered. Clinical and photographic documentation of all procedures is accomplished and careful evaluation is made of all treatment rendered. Extensive experience is gained in diagnosis and treatment planning and multidisciplinary care coordination. Prosthodontic residents plan, place, restore, and maintain and variety of different dental implant systems. [Course Director: Dr. David Cagna; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring]

PPRO 773 – Interdisciplinary Seminar
This postdoctoral interdisciplinary seminar addresses topics germane to effective management of complicated dental conditions. Representatives from periodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, oral & maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, and dental diagnostic sciences contribute to seminars activities. On a rotational basis, dental residents from the various Advanced Dental Education Programs in the College of Dentistry provide presentations and direct seminar discussions. The seminar theme is multidisciplinary management of patients. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to, treatment planning, complications, new therapies, diagnostic technologies, encountered pathologies, treatment philosophies, novel devices and materials, emerging science/technology, improved interdisciplinary communications, interesting dental laboratory processes, or any other topic considered informative for the group. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate clinically relevant and evidence-based information. When appropriate, presentations should be designed to update seminar participants on state-of-the-art, discipline-specific concepts. Fostering an environment of open and mutually beneficial commentary on current therapeutic philosophies and procedures is the goal of the seminar. Participants should leave each seminar experience better informed about issues impacting specialty level care of patients requiring complicated therapeutic intervention. [Course Director: Dr. Wainscott Hollis; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Spring]

PPRO 793 – Teaching Clerkship in Prosthodontics
All prosthodontic residents serve as teaching assistants two half-days per week in the Department of Prosthodontics and receive annual stipends for this departmentally important activity. As teaching assistants, residents are involved in the organized instruction of pre-doctoral dental students in fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, and dental occlusion courses. Experience is gained through instruction provided during pre-clinical prosthodontic laboratory exercises and prosthodontic clinical procedures. Teaching assignments are posted by the Department of Prosthodontics on a weekly basis. Residents are monitored for content and quality of teaching. [Course Director: Dr. Russell Wicks; MDS Credit Hours: NA; Offered: Fall & Spring] 

Postgraduate Dental Science Core Curriculum

NOTE: Postgraduate Dental Science Core courses are designated PDSC.

  • All PDSC courses carry CGHS credit.


PDSC 820 – Dental Science Core: Research Methods

The course is composed of two sections. The biostatistics portion of this course introduces students to widely used methods for analysis of experimental and observational data with orientation toward statistical inference from dental research. The experimental design aspect of this course serves as an introduction to research, including methods for handling experimental data. [Course Director: Dr. Mark Scarbecz; MDS Credit Hours: 1; Offered: Fall]

PDSC 821 – Dental Science Core: Dental Ethics
Courses Online Dental Ethics (CODE) is a series of online courses in dental ethics and professionalism. The American College of Dentists developed and manages CODE and related resources at www.dentalethics.org. There are no registration fees or tuition and the American College of Dentists welcomes and encourages coordinated educational experiences in educational facilities. There are currently over 30 online ethics modules intended for all dental students and professional. Sixteen of the modules identified as particularly relevant to postgraduate dental education and the specialty practice of dentistry will constitute this course.  [Course Director: Dr. David Cagna; MDS Credit Hours: 1; Offered: Fall]

PDSC 822 – Dental Science Core: Oral Sciences I
This course is designed to provide fundamental knowledge on the development, morphology, histology, neuroanatomy, circulation and function of basic tissue, and dentofacial structures including the salivary glands, teeth, and the temporomandibular joint. The understanding of this science is essential because it lays the foundation for evidence-based insight into the form and structure of the human body in general and the orofacial complex. This is a self-study course. Topic handouts are provided electronically for guidance. Reference to the highly recommended reading list is encouraged and advised. [Course Director: Dr. J. McGuire; MDS Credit Hours: 1; Offered: Fall]

PDSC 823 – Dental Science Core: Oral Sciences II
This course is conducted by experts in the areas of biochemistry, microbiology, virology, inflammation and immunology, cell biology, and pediatric dentistry and oral biology. Included are lectures on classification, structure, and function of major periodontopathic bacteria, and virulence factors and pathogenesis of oral microbial diseases. Other microbiology topics include bacterial etiology of dental caries and the role of fluoride therapy, fungal diseases, herpes viruses, hepatitis, and HIV. Host defense topics include inflammation, basic principles of immunology, immunologic mechanisms and cytokines in periodontitis and pulpitis, and the clinical significance of immunologic and other research techniques. Lectures in oral biology address the extracellular matrix and its role in maintenance of tissue function in health and oral diseases; wound healing and repair; bone and cartilage; TMJ Pathology; stem cells, mesenchymal stem cell therapy, and oral tissue engineering; mechanisms of oral infection/ cariology; saliva and its role in oral health maintenance; pulp biology and pathology; pain management in dental practice; and oral cancer/tumor markers. Additionally, information on the expanded knowledge of physiologic and biochemical principles involved in oral function are covered. Topics are selected to develop an appreciation of the oral cavity and its associated structures as an integral part of a larger functional unit. [Course Co-Director: Drs. David Tipton & Mustafa Dabbous; MDS Credit Hours: 1; Offered: Spring]

PDSC 824 – Dental Science Core: Biomechanics & Biomaterials
Metals, polymers, and ceramics are ubiquitous throughout the various dental disciplines. Providing a high quality of oral healthcare requires basic understanding of the physical response of these materials. To stay informed and exploit contemporary and emerging insights, dental professionals must stay current with the biomaterials literature. The purpose of this course is to gain experience in the critical reading and evaluation of the biomaterials literature. Students will learn basic biomechanical and biomaterial concepts and research techniques, while practicing critical evaluations of the dental literature using selected publications relevant to dentistry and research methodology. After completion of this course, a student should be able to successfully evaluate scientific investigations of dental materials and translate this knowledge to their clinical training with the ultimate goal of improving patient treatment and care. [Course Director: Dr. Antheunis Versluis; MDS Credit Hours: 1; Offered: Fall]

PDSC 825 – Dental Science Core: Clinical Head & Neck Anatomy
This course presents a detailed review of anatomic structures fundamental to dental specialty training.  It stresses functional (rather than architectural) relationships as they relate to growth, development, and clinical treatment.  Participants review standard texts of anatomy, radiology, and other professional literature in order to support specialty-specific questions/topics.  Instructor will guide discussion, add information, and present illustrative clinical case(s), sample corollaries, and questions. Representatives from each dental specialty will present topical cases complete with literature citations, clinical correlates, and imagery [Course Director: Dr. Judy McGuire; MDS Credit Hours: 1; Offered: Fall]

PDSC 826 – Dental Science Core: Advanced Dental Applied Pharmacology
This course is designed to teach dental postgraduate students how to integrate current knowledge of pharmacology into their clinical specialties (i.e., periodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, and orthodontics). A wide range of drug classifications pertinent to specialty-level dental therapy are addressed. Issues of age-related alterations in pharmacodynamics, the problems of poly-pharmacy, and important drug-drug interactions are illustrated and discussed. The course incorporates self-study through an online instructional instrument and correlative seminar sessions devoted to evidence-based literature reviews covering topics of particular interest to dental specialists. The course is limited to postgraduate dental students currently enrolled in dental residency programs. Participants are expected to already have a basic understanding of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. [Course Director: Dr. Trevor Sweatman; MDS Credit Hours: 2; Offered: Spring]

PDSC 827 – Dental Science Core: Oral Diagnostics & Oral Medicine
This course covers basic concepts of the various oral diagnostic disciplines and adds current concepts of oral medicine and patient management of common oral and maxillofacial diseases. [Course Director: Dr. Duane Schafer; MDS Credit Hours: 2; Offered: Spring]

Last Published: Aug 27, 2018