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Educational Activities

Descriptions of the Dual Certificate in Prosthodontics and Periodontology program seminars/courses are below. For descriptions of the core courses shared by all training programs at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, please visit our CD/CS.

Preclinical Fixed and Removable Prosthodontic Courses

Lectures, clinical and laboratory hands-on demonstrations are given by the instructional staff. First year residents are assigned reading material as well as practical assignments prior to and during the course by the course’s director to familiarize them with basic clinical and laboratory concepts related to fixed and removable prosthodontics.

Dental Implant Basic Course

The course is designed and intended for new graduate students enrolled in EDC, SMH and Rochester General.  The primary objective of the course is to familiarize the students with the basic biologic and technical aspects of osseointegrated implants.  This is in preparation for further clinical experience and for the advanced course.

Implant Related Surgical Concepts to Prosthodontics

This course provides an introduction to implant-related surgical concepts including surgical anatomy, surgical instruments, suturing techniques, flap design, simple and surgical tooth extraction, detailed steps on implant placement and soft tissue consideration around dental implants. Special emphasis will be placed on a laboratory exercise of the most common surgical techniques on pig heads.

Removable Partial Dentures Seminar Series

This lecture course reviews the literature in diagnosis, treatment planning, dental materials and biomechanics of RPDs. Review of the current clinical protocols/techniques related to RPD fabrication as well as the implementation of digital dentistry in Removable Prosthodontics are components of this seminar series as well.

Complete Dentures Seminar Series

This lecture course reviews relevant concepts of removable complete prosthodontics to provide an in-depth level of knowledge as required by CODA standards.

Maxillofacial Prosthetics & Oncologic Dentistry

This lecture course reviews the state of the current scientific knowledge and clinical protocols/techniques related to maxillofacial prosthetics and oncologic dentistry. It covers all topics necessary for prosthodontic residents to successfully manage and co-ordinate treatment for the head and neck cancer patient and the patient presenting with congenital and acquired defects of the head and neck as required by CODA standards.

Fixed Prosthodontics Seminars

This lecture course reviews relevant concept of fixed prosthodontics to provide an in-depth level of knowledge as required by CODA standards.

Occlusion Seminar Sessions

Background on the history of occlusal concepts, different types of articulators, occlusal schemes, and application of principles necessary in dental reconstruction. Residents learn through lectures, laboratory exercises, and hands-on clinical demonstrations.

Biomaterials Seminar Series

This lecture course reviews the dental materials topics relevant to fixed and removable Prosthodontics (4 semesters). Residents will have the opportunity to achieve the understanding level of knowledge, as defined by the American College of Prosthodontists.

Periodontal and Restorative Interrelationships

This seminar course will evaluate the state of the current scientific knowledge and clinical protocols/techniques related to the diagnosis and treatment of specific periodontal diseases and conditions that are closely related to the efficacy and success of the restorative treatment.

Prosthodontic Case Presentation Sessions

Each resident is assigned a date at the beginning of the semester in which he/she presents a case that has been treated during the residency program. Presentation format is analogous to the format used for the American Board of Prosthodontics examination. All residents are required to attend these sessions.

Prosthodontic Treatment Planning Presentations & PICO Sessions

Each resident is assigned one or more dates at the beginning of the semester in which he/she present a case that has been examined/diagnosed during the residency program. All residents are required to attend these sessions. Mounted casts, imaging, selected patient clinical views, and other pertinent diagnostic information are presented by the assigned resident to illustrate the patient chief complain, medical and dental history, dental exam and all relevant information useful for the purpose of formulating a treatment plan. The faculty members attend the conferences and stimulate and lead an informal discussion among residents as to critically evaluate the patient as a whole and formulate options for treatment plan that can address the patient’s chief complain.

At the end of each resident’s presentation, the faculty and residents identify 1 or 2 questions for which evidence-based data was not provided during the discussion. These questions are then assigned to the presenting resident who is charged with developing a PICO question for each of them, perform relevant searches and appraisal of the literature and report the findings to the group at the next (2 weeks later) case presentation session.

Dental Implant Seminars (Residents and Faculty)

The course will consist of two parts, each lasting two and one- year respectively.  The course will, therefore, follow a three-year cycle.  In roughly the first two years, a series of comprehensive literature review seminars will be presented by the residents.  During the third year, the implant faculty will present a series of lectures on various surgical and restorative aspects of implantology.  All residents from both divisions will be required to attend all seminars.

Interdisciplinary Periodontics-Prosthodontics treatment Seminars

Senior prosthodontic and periodontics residents present clinical cases which have been jointly treated by two residents. Discussion of the case from a technical and management standpoint is provided.

Grand Rounds Presentations

This course is designed to provide an interactive forum where the EIOH programs can present various clinical and research topics related to their knowledge area. Each program is assigned a date/year at the beginning of the year by the Office of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s Director. Presentations are given by the selected residents (usually third-year residents) and are one-hour to one and half hour long, including a Q & A session. Presentations are given with a lecture format (AV) and relate to a topic and/or treatment selected by presenting the faculty and residents. These presentations are attended by all faculty and residents of the EIOH. The faculty stimulates discussion of the treatment performed or topic discussed

Prosthodontic-Periodontics Senior Case Presentations

3rd year Prosthodontic and Periodontics residents will be coupled in a team to present a complex multidisciplinary case that has been jointly treated, by the 2 residents, during their residency program. Presentation format is analogous to the format used for the American Boards of Prosthodontics and Periodontology examinations. All residents are required to attend these sessions,

Orthodontic-Periodontics-Prosthodontics Seminars

Each Team of Orthodontics-Periodontics-Prosthodontics residents is assigned a topic. Each team performs a throughout literature review and presents a literature review/case presentation on the topic. The multidisciplinary nature of the presentations allow the team to develop a joint view of each topic with the purpose of breaking down barrier to multidisciplinary treatment planning.

Prosthodontic-Periodontics Implant Case Presentations and Treatment Planning

Prosthodontic and Periodontics residents present a medium-to-complex multidisciplinary case that has been recently diagnosed for treatment. Diagnostic data is presented to allow a free and unstructured discussion about the case. Peers and the course director suggests element/details/considerations that can add to the case treatment plan and execution.

Invited Lecturers Presentations

These sessions take place every semester. Lecturers are invited on a selected basis by the Program Director/Chair or faculty members. Presentations are usually one-hour to all-day long, are given with a lecture format (AV) and relate to the clinical and laboratory procedures related to patient treatment or a particular literature topic. Occasionally, hands-on, laboratory demonstrations or other formats can be selected at the discretion of the invited lecturer.

Prosthodontic Clinic

Provide comprehensive prosthodontic care within the clinic. The degree of difficulty of the treatment is coordinated with the resident training level. Treatment is overseen by faculty from diagnosis and treatment planning to the delivery of the prosthesis.

Interaction with the patient’s physician, general dentist and other dental and medical specialties is emphasized as indicated for each situation.

Prosthodontic Clinical and Laboratory Technique

Provide residents with the fundamentals of clinical and laboratory procedures and give them a common background from which to proceed before patient treatment. Clinical procedures will be simulated. Faculty will discuss dental laboratory procedures for complete and partially edentulous situations.

Introduction to Clinical Periodontology

The purpose of the course is to familiarize the new periodontal resident with the practical aspects of clinical periodontology and the administrative protocol of the Eastman Dental Center Periodontal Clinic. This allows for a smooth transition into the graduate clinic, ensures efficient use of the students’ and instructors’ time and improves patient care.

Current Literature Review in Periodontology

Current Literature Review In Periodontics and Dental Implantology: Education on the current developments in the field of Periodontology and Dental Implantology as related to:

  • New discoveries in understanding the pathogenesis of periodontal and peri-implant diseases. Identifying new risk factors in periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
  • New products and treatment modalities.
  • Clinical trials testing new and established clinical practices.
  • Innovation in surgical techniques.

Clinical Topics in Periodontology

Guided Tissue Regeneration: This course emphasizes on biological principles, clinical applications, different materials of GTR and how to apply different types of barriers.

Occlusal Adjustment: Basic principles in dental occlusion and occlusal therapy are discussed. After completing the seminar, the residents will be expected to analyze different occlusal schemes(ideal, physiologic, and pathologic),propose corrective treatment plans and perform occlusal adjustments as indicated.

Periodontal Suturing: Various suture materials, needles and techniques will be discussed and each resident will learn how to choose the appropriate material and technique for a procedure as well as application via a hands-on model.

Dental Radiology

 This course emphasizes on basic principles of radiology including:

  • Exposure, process and interpretation of dental radiographs.
  • Techniques for exposing standardized periodic radiographs using stents.
  • Radiographic techniques utilizing radio-opaque markers.
  • Quantitating alveolar bone relationships using objective methods.
  • Exposing and interpreting temporomandibular joint radiographs.
  • Pantographic radiographs.

Lasers In Periodontics And Implant Dentistry

The course objectives are to obtain knowledge of:

  • the basics on laser physics, the classification of the different laser systems
  • (wavelengths) as well as laser-tissue interactions
  • Indications for the use of lasers in dentistry and especially in periodontology
  • basic clinical applications, such as ablation, excision, coagulation, decontamination
  • the wound healing mechanisms after laser applications
  • the different applications in soft tissue surgery (minor oral surgery and periodontology)
  • the treatment of peri-implantitis
  • the way to avoid complications during laser therapy focusing on laser safety

Diagnosis, Treatment Planning And Case Presentation Seminar

The objective of this course is to enable the student to be proficient in the preparation and delivery of case reports; the rationalization of his/her treatment plan and case management; and to be made aware of the various philosophies and modalities of periodontal treatment.

Endodontic Seminar And Rotation

Each resident learns how to obtain a proper history, examine, diagnose and treat pulpal and pulpal/periodontal lesions.

Clinical Management Of Medically Compromised Dental Patients

The purpose of this course is to instruct the Periodontal residents in the recognition, evaluation and management of complex, medically compromised dental patients.

Periodontal Histology And Histopathology

The course objectives are to obtain in depth knowledge of:

  • the normal histology and histopathology of the periodontium;
  • the histopathology of the lesions that affect the periodontium;
  • the histological changes that occur when the normal and diseased periodontium is subjected to tooth movement and trauma;
  • the value of step-serial sections in evaluating the periodontium;
  • the histological response of the periodontium to therapy;
  • the histopathology of non-plaque related lesions;
  • the histomorphometric techniques;
  • molecular biology and immunocytochemistry.

Periodontal  And Dental Implantology Literature Review

The course objectives are

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the biology of the periodontium in health and disease.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the etiology of periodontal diseases.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the various therapies for the periodontal diseases.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of dental Implantology.
  • Understand the scientific and empirical basis of periodontology.
  • Define those areas of periodontology in which further research is needed.
  • Design investigations to answer questions raised in 5 above.
  • Gain experience in seminar preparation, organization and leadership.

Parenteral Moderate Sedation  (Rotation In OMFS)

As a continuation of the Pain and Management Course (D500), residents are required to complete at least 20 live dental patient cases performing intravenous conscious sedation. Starting in August of their first year, and after the successful completion of 60 didactic hours, residents rotate twice a month in OMFS performing on average 2-3 sedation cases per visit.

Pain Management Course

The Pain Management course emphasizes drugs and techniques of Enteral and Parenteral Sedation as they are practiced in Dentistry.  A review of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of oral and intravenous drugs and delivery is provided.  The pharmacology of commonly used oral and intravenous sedative agents is discussed.  The pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of inhalation anesthetics is reviewed as required in relation to nitrous oxide-oxygen conscious sedation techniques.  A review of pre-operative patient assessment and elements of clinical IV sedation is provided.  Monitoring, including interpretation of the electrocardiogram and pulse oximeter, is discussed in detail.  The course also emphasizes on the recognition, support and rescuing of patients who unexpectedly enter a deeper level of sedation than anticipated.

The structure of this education and clinical plan aims to develop a clinician who can manage the sedated airway and support patient ventilation, who is able to prepare and administer appropriate reversal medications, and support the development of a practice structure that is able to organize clinical and ancillary staff necessary to function as a coordinated support team for the practitioner sedating patients.

General Anesthesiology Rotation

To familiarize the resident with techniques and drugs used in general, local and regional anesthesia and analgesia, as well as patient management and support. Techniques of intubation, phlebotomy, patient monitoring and support will be performed under close supervision.

Teaching Experience/Practice Teaching

The objective of this course is to produce a periodontal specialist capable of transmitting knowledge in the clinical and classroom environment on a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral level.

Prosthodontic Mock Board Examination

This Mock American Board of Prosthodontics examination is given in conformity with the rules and regulations established by the relevant American College of Prosthodontists committee.

The course objectives are to familiarize the resident with the format of the ABP written examination and provide feedback to the resident and Program Director on the readiness of each resident to challenge the ABP written exam.

Periodontics Mock Board Examinations

This mock American Board of Periodontics examination is given in conformity with the rules and regulations established by the relevant American Academy of Periodontology committee

Master’s Research Project

Each resident will enroll to a Master’s program. The project is based on the individual’s involvement in the advanced degree program as well as the mentor’s guidance. Finished project results will be written and possibly submitted for either publication or a Master’s thesis.