Operative and Digital Dentistry

The Advanced Clinical Fellowship in Operative and Digital Dentistry offers a holistic approach to dental education, fostering a deep understanding of the latest technologies and modern tools in digital dentistry to improve oral health, state-of-the-art clinical and laboratorial skills, and a commitment to patient-centered care. At NYU Dentistry, we empower you to become a leader in the dental profession, equipping you with the knowledge and expertise to excel in a diverse and ever-evolving health care landscape. If you're ready to make a lasting impact on oral health care, start your transformative journey with us today.

For international students, the fellowship is also a great opportunity to enhance your qualifications for U.S. dental schools.

Program Type

Fellowship Certificate


July 1, 2025 - June 30, 2026

Next Available Intake

July 2025

Number Seats Available

12 Seats


One Year


Program Structure

The fellowship is full-time, running from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, divided into 80% clinical time and 20% didactic components, emphasizing hands-on learning and practical application. You will be able to work on patients directly, under the close supervision of a highly experienced and diverse faculty made up of leading practitioners in the field of operative dentistry and related disciplines.

The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and rigorous education that encompasses all aspects of modern digital dentistry. By enrolling in our program, you will embark on a transformative journey that will equip you with up-to-date knowledge, skills, software, and clinical expertise necessary to excel in this dynamic field

Students gain a deep understanding of oral health and disease, proficiency in the latest digital planning, dental techniques and technologies, strong ethical principles, and a commitment to patient-centered care. Graduates of our program are well- prepared to address the complex oral healthcare needs of a diverse and evolving patient population and to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of dentistry.

Our students work on diverse cases to prepare them for the complexities of comprehensive, digital, and restorative dentistry. These cases encompass:

Analog and Digital Treatment Planning: Enhance precision, enable personalized patient care, and provide students with a clear understanding of treatment planning by visualizing future results before commencing treatment. For planning, students have access to different software such as Exocad, Meshmixer, Bluesky Planner, among other CAD/CAM tools.

3D printing: Learn how to operate different 3D printing machines, how to design in different software, as well as the versatile applications of 3D printing in dentistry, such as surgical guides, wax-up, mockup, temporary and final restorations, among others.

Composite Restorations: Address common issues like cavities and tooth damage with composite fillings, emphasizing aesthetics and function.

Inlay, Onlay, and Overlay Restorations: Learn both, the clinical and design phases, on how to create custom inlays and onlays to preserve tooth structure and aesthetics on a minimally invasive basis.

Digital Impressions for Indirect Restorations: Apply digital impression technology to design and fabricate indirect restorations with remarkable accuracy.

Digital Implant Planning: Learn the basics of implant surgery and how to apply digital technology for predictable implant placement via guided surgery.

Implant-Supported Prosthetics: Gain expertise in creating and placing implant-supported prosthetic solutions for missing teeth.

Treatment planning: This is a crucial component that guides the entire healthcare process. We prioritize individualized care and focus on developing meticulous treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs and goals with the aid of digital and analog dentistry.

Operative Dentistry: Master the art of restorative dentistry, including direct and indirect restorations, state-of-the-art ceramic, and composite fillings.

Professional Photography: Learn how to take exceptional extraoral and intraoral photographs for treatment planning and case presentations.

Intraoral Scanning/Digital Impressions: Learn to use advanced digital scanning techniques for accurate treatment planning and restorative workflow.

3D Printing: Learn the basics of 3D printing technology for clinical applications.

CAD/CAM Technology: Explore computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) for the design and manufacture of precise chairside and laboratory-based restorations.

Treatment planning: Learn how to successfully plan clinical cases with various degrees of complexity. Take advantage of digital technology to plan and execute tooth-based and implant-based restorations.

Crown and Bridge Procedure over Teeth and Implants: Understand and perform crown and bridge procedures, including both conventional and digital methods.

Restorative Procedures: Extend your skills in restorative dentistry to encompass a variety of treatment options, including inlays, onlays, overlays, tabletops, and veneers, among others.

In addition to hands-on clinical experiences, our program includes a robust curriculum of didactic topics and seminars that cover essential theoretical aspects of operative, digital, and restorative dentistry. Some of the seminar topics include:

Operative Dentistry Principles: Delve into the fundamental principles of operative dentistry, including cavity preparation, restorative techniques, provisionalization, and the science behind restorative materials.

Digital Dentistry Technologies: Explore the latest advances in digital dentistry, including CAD/CAM systems and materials, 3D printing, digital photography, and digital smile design.

Treatment Planning: Develop the skills to create comprehensive and individualized treatment plans for your patients, considering their oral health needs and cosmetic goals.

Patient-Centered Care: Learn effective communication and patient-centered care to ensure the best possible experience for your patients.

Ethical Considerations: Understand the ethical considerations and responsibilities of comprehensive, digital, and restorative dentists in the modern dental landscape.

After completing the program, you'll be awarded a certificate of attendance. This certificate is different from the postgraduate program certificate given to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training, which is necessary for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

It's important to note that our program is not CODA-accredited. However, in some U.S. states, there may be opportunities for two-year graduates to obtain a license. To get the specific requirements for licensure, please reach out to the dental boards in each state.

Pablo Atria DDS, MS, MPhil

Fellowship Director

Dr. Pablo Atria, a Clinical Assistant Professor specializing in Cariology and Comprehensive Care, boasts an impressive background. Alongside his faculty role at NYU Dentistry, Dr. Atria has held positions as an Assistant Professor at Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile. Furthermore, he serves as a prominent opinion leader for various dental manufacturers, sharing his expertise on operative and digital dentistry at international conferences.

His contributions extend beyond the lecture hall, with numerous book chapters, research projects, and review articles featured in esteemed dental journals. Dr. Atria actively participates in dental research, holding memberships in the International Academy of Dental Research and the Academy of Dental Materials.

Dr. Atria's educational journey has been marked by excellence. He earned his dental degree from Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, and completed specialized Oral Implantology training. His dedication to the field led him to NYU College of Dentistry, where he achieved a Master's in Biomaterials Science. His academic pursuits culminated in a Master's in Philosophy from NYU School of Medicine.

Admission Process

Take the next step in your dental career. Submit your application now and join the ranks of the most accomplished dentists in the world!

Eligibility requirements:

  • All candidates must have graduated from dental school.
  • The program does not require clinical experience.

Application required documents:

  • Dental school diploma.
  • Dental school transcript (mark sheet) listing subjects studied, and grades received.
  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages in length explaining your interest in the program, including information on your academic background, career goals, and qualifications.
  • Letter of recommendation from a Dean, professor, or supervisor.

Application fee:

  • Pay the non-refundable application fee of $100

The following items are not required but can be submitted as supplemental documentation in the online application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Professional examinations, i.e.: GRE Report
  • Additional letters of recommendation
  • NBDE and/or MFD I and II

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Please note all documents must be submitted in English or with a certified English translation.

A course-by-course evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

This evaluation report provides the US equivalent of each educational credential, including a list of courses studied and grades received.

A copy of an English Language Test Report for applicants who come from a country where English is not the official language:

If students come from a country where English is the official language or they received their dental education from a country where English is the official language, a waiver can be granted.

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  1. Submit online application: Fill out and submit your application form through the online portal.
  2. Pay the $100 application fee: Submit the non-refundable $100 application fee.
  3. Attend admissions interview: Attend the admissions interview with the admissions committee.
  4. Admissions decision: You will receive an email asking you to log in to the application portal to view your admissions decision.
  5. Confirm your admission: Officially accept your admission offer to the program.
  6. Pay enrollment deposit: Submit the necessary deposit to secure your place at the institution.
  7. Obtain your I-20: Submit the required additional documents for the issuance of your I-20, which is needed for international students studying in the United States.
  8. Apply for visa: Initiate the visa application.

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