Prosthodontics

Overview

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is committed to educating and mentoring dentists who will become future leaders in the specialty of Prosthodontics. The program’s goals are to provide innovative and continuously evolving curriculum content. This in turn, develops students’ clinical decision-making and technical skills for treatment of highly complex prosthodontic needs. Our objective is to train expert clinicians with a sense of ethical responsibility and professionalism. The program strives to achieve these goals through the implementation of new advanced clinical practices and technologies in the field.

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is a three-year program that fulfills all educational requirements of the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association and the American Board of Prosthodontics.

Program Strengths

The program provides an unparalleled and wide range of clinical experiences that are unique to our institution based on a diverse patient population, strong didactic program and expert clinical faculty. The educational foundation is enhanced with a variety of research.

  • The program’s clinical experiences are derived from a large active patient volume with over 10,000 patient visits (to the program). Additionally NYU Dentistry boasts over 300,000 patient visits to the college annually and this provides a constant stream of referrals to the postgraduate programs. As a result, our program offers unmatched interdisciplinary care opportunities.
  • A multifaceted and diverse faculty that include full- and part-time practitioners with world-renowned reputations. The program is proud to have the highest number of board-certified prosthodontists. Many of the faculty have dual or triple specialties ranging from maxillofacial prosthetics to implant surgery.
  • Implant surgical education in the program has the longest history among the U.S. dental schools. The surgical curriculum fulfills all aspects of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) requirements for surgical instructions in delivering simple and complex implant restorations/prostheses. The surgical training is provided by prosthodontists with formal surgical training, oral maxillofacial surgeons, and/or periodontists.
  • All students learn about CAD/CAM programs, such as ExoCAD, 3Shape software, Bluesky Bio, Z-brush, and Romexis over the three-year didactic and hands-on modules by faculty. Trios, Planmeca, and Medit intra-oral scanners are available for student use, along with SprintRay 3-D printers.
  • Master dental technician faculty work side-by-side with the postgraduate students. Students learn about technical aspects of prosthodontics directly from master technicians in clinic and laboratory settings.
  • The prosthodontic program at New York University College of Dentistry is integrated with the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities. The Oral Health Center is located in the same building as the program and our students rotate through the center and work with faculty in a one-to-one setting, providing in-depth clinical education in managing patients with special needs.
  • We hold a strong relationship with all other dental specialties within the institution. Our postgraduate students have unique opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge and delivery of coordinated prosthodontic care, including: complex congenital dental syndromes, post-cancer treatments, post-trauma prosthodontics care, and interceptive prosthodontics with orthodontics. All specialty postgraduate students regularly attend multidisciplinary seminars. 

Approximately twenty-five percent of the overall program time is dedicated to didactic components. Emphasis is placed on gaining critical and analytical decision-making skills utilizing existing and new evidence in dentistry. The program’s curriculum contents and delivery of educational content are evaluated on an ongoing basis to implement new and relevant information in the most accessible manner for students.

The curriculum contents are largely divided into core courses that include Advanced Education in Core Sciences, Applied sciences, Clinical Applications in Wound Healing, Current Concepts in Implant Dentistry and Bone Regeneration, Multidisciplinary Seminars, and Growth & Development, etc.

Specialty-specific course modules in Prosthodontics, Implant dentistry, and Digital Dentistry are designed to provide in-depth discussion in traditional practices as well as the most innovative clinical practices.

Clinical training comprises sixty percent of program time. The patient population in the Prosthodontics clinic is extensive and diverse. Students function as members of a multispecialty, interdisciplinary team. They become proficient in diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of a variety of prosthodontic needs for patients. Committed to excellence, prosthesis fabrication is performed in high-quality laboratories. The program boasts thirty trained, full and part-time prosthodontists as clinical faculty plus numerous prominent scholars as visiting lecturers. Approximately thirty percent of these faculty are Board Certified Prosthodontists.

An exceptional student-to-faculty ratio averaging 3:1 enhances the residents' clinical experiences.

All students are required to complete an approved research project. The project requires the students to demonstrate the ability to understand the scientific process including data collection, statistical analysis, and presentation in a scientific forum. Additionally, students are required to attend several scientific and specialty-related meetings. Each student is required to present two poster presentations at professional meetings. Research within the program is very active and students are frequent recipients of national and regional grants/awards.

Students teach predoctoral dental students as a component of their graduate education. All students participate in a course in pedagogy and utilize up to ten percent of their total program time in teaching.

The 34-month program begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the third academic year.

Completion of the CODA-accredited Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics satisfies the training requirements for eligibility for participation in the board certification process for the American Board of Prosthodontics. Eligibility for dental licensure is based on pre-professional, professional, and post-graduate training and varies by state/jurisdiction. Candidates should check the state/jurisdiction regulations for dental licensure for the state(s)/jurisdictions(s) in which they are seeking licensure in order to ensure that they comply with all requirements.

Update on Educational Visits and Observership Opportunities During the COVID Pandemic

In accordance with NYS Board of Health regulations and University mandates, and in the interest of the health and safety of our entire community, visits to our facility during the summer months are currently restricted. However, we are delighted to invite interested applicants to visit with our program directors, faculty, and current PG students virtually in order to learn about our programs and participate in some shared seminars.

For additional information and application, interested individuals should contact the program directly at the email address indicated on the program page.

As soon as it is deemed possible to do so, NYU Dentistry will continue to welcome dentists and dental students who are interested in applying for specialty dental education to visit our programs in person. The visits may be scheduled for a period of one day to a maximum of two days. Visitors to the Advanced Education Programs at NYU College of Dentistry may attend lectures/seminars and may observe, but may not participate in, direct clinical patient care.

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

For more information please visit the Commission’s website.

 

For more information, please contact:

Mijin Choi, DMD, MS, FACP
Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Prosthodontics
(212) 998-9384

Leila Jahangiri, BDS, DMD, MMSc
Chair, Department of Prosthodontics

dental.pros.observe@nyu.edu
For Educational Visits/Observership Opportunities