Jun 15, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Advanced Prosthodontics Certificate

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The program in advanced prosthodontics is a 36-month course of study designed to teach didactic and clinical skills leading to competency in the specialized practice of prosthodontics. The program provides a basic science foundation, incorporating studies in physical diagnosis, anatomy, oral pathology, pharmacology and oral biology. Proficiency in fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics will be developed during the course of study from a practical and didactic aspect. There is a strong emphasis on applying principles of esthetics toward oral reconstructions and implant prosthodontics. Periodontally compromised patients are frequently encountered, so the program is closely allied with the advanced program in periodontology. Treatment planning and integrated care with allied specialties is a strength of the program. Additionally a there is a strong emphasis on usage of digital dentistry from a diagnostic and treatment planning perspective. Then carrying this forward to design and fabrication of restorations using Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) for patients. This includes usage of intra oral and extraoral scanners and fabricating restorations on site and remote sites.

In addition to developing clinical skills, the program requires a research methodology course and a research project.

Clinical experience in implant placement is encouraged and didactic study in maxillofacial prosthetics is offered. A concurrent Masters in Biomaterials and Digital Dentistry is available. Application to this program is available when starting the Advanced Prosthodontics Program. For information, see dentistry.usc.edu/master-of-science-in-biomaterials-and-digital-dentistry/.

The program in advanced prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a special accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The program also meets the requirements of the American Board of Prosthodontics. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Required Courses

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