Prosthodontic Program Information


English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Placement Examination:   All international students whose first language is not English are required to complete the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Placement Test upon their arrival on campus.  The placement test will determine if students need to complete English courses while enrolled in the MSD program.  If you are placed into any IUPUI English classes, you must complete the courses during the first year of the program.

SPEAK Requirement:  IUPUI has also established the policy that all graduate students whose first language is not English and who are being considered for graduate assistantships must demonstrate adequate oral English proficiency before assignment to duties involving direct interaction with students.  All ITAs (International Teaching Assistants) are required to have oral proficiency certified with a SPEAK test as a condition of receiving their ITA appointment.  ITA's with primary responsibility for teaching a class or laboratory section are required to have a SPEAK score equal to or greater than 50.  Students who have inadequate English communication skills will be required to take the ITA training course before being given a position that requires direct student contact.  If you are required to complete this course, you will also be responsible for paying for this course.

Clinical Instruction

Strong emphasis is placed on attaining clinical excellence and experience is provided in all phases of prosthodontics. Students can choose one of the following four clinical tracks:

  1. Equal emphasis in fixed prosthodontics and removable prosthodontics
    (Program length: 36 to 38 months)
  2. Emphasis in fixed prosthodontics
    (Program length: 36 to 38 months)
  3. Emphasis in removable prosthodontics
    (Program length: 36 to 38 months)

    Experience in maxillofacial prosthetics is included in the above three tracks.

  4. Emphasis in maxillofacial prosthetics
    (Program length: 12 months following completion of an ADA accredited prosthodontic program, or 45-48 months in Maxillofacial Prosthetics Program).  The maxillofacial prosthetics program requires a DDS or DMD from an ADA accredited dental school.

Didactic Instruction

Depending on the emphasis selected, a minimum of 50-60 credit hours is required. A minor of 6-8 hours is required in a nonclinical area. Additional requirements for the MSD degree include six credit hours of research, satisfactory completion of an oral and written examination, and satisfactory defense of a thesis, submitted at the completion of an original research project. A listing of the specific courses required in each of the four clinical tracks is presented in the accompanying Graduate Prosthodontics Program curricula. The preclinical laboratory courses are provided as prerequisites to patient treatment. In addition, a wide range of elective courses are available.

Prosthodontic Faculty

The following faculty members provide didactic and clinical instruction in Prosthodontics:

John A. Levon, DDS, MS, Director, Graduate Prosthodontics Program*
Carl J. Andres, DDS, MSD*
David T. Brown, DDS, MS*
Orlando Cayetano, DDS, MSD
Steven P. Haug, DDS, MSD*
Suteera Hovijitra, DDS, MSD*
Gene Margiotti, DDS
Carmen Paez-Mendoza, DDS, MSD
Donald Schmitt, DDS
Jeannie M. Vickery, DDS

*Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics

Research Facilities and Library

The Department of Dental Materials provides didactic instruction and research expertise through the following faculty members:

Tien-Min Gabriel Chu, DDS, PhD
Jeffrey Platt, DDS, MSD

Laboratory research space and testing equipment are contained within the Dental School, including a scanning electron microscope.

An animal research facility is located in the School of Dentistry, as is a library housing over 50,000 volumes and receiving more than 660 journals and magazines. Computerized bibliographical search facilities and computers for individual use are available in the library.

Teaching Experience

Qualified students spend an average of one day per week teaching prosthodontics to undergraduate students, either in preclinical laboratory of comprehensive care clinics.

Stipends

Three stipends, awarded on a competitive basis, are available per year. One is designated for the program emphasizing maxillofacial prosthetics. Two stipends are designated for the other areas of prosthodontics and are for three years. The clinical teaching responsibilities limit the awarding of stipends to those who have passed or are eligible to take the Indiana Dental Board examination and to graduates of dental schools accredited by the American Dental Association. Students who are accepted for stipends have additional teaching responsibilities and program duration is extended accordingly.

Stipends are dependent on student performance and may be rescinded at any time by the Faculty Advisory Committee with concurrence of the department chair/dean. Student appeal procedures (Student Handbook) apply.

Required Courses

The Postdoctoral Program in Prosthodontics is designed to provide the didactic instruction and clinical experience necessary for a candidate to receive a certificate of postgraduate study in Prosthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Successful completion of the program also meets educational requirements for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics.   Requirements may be altered or amended by the program director or the School of Dentistry.

First Year
Summer Session

CourseTitleCourse TypeCredit Hours
DENT-R 955 Oral Biology lecture/exam 2.5
DENT-G 948 Advanced Radiography lecture/exam 2.0
DENT-G 941 Advanced Fixed Prosthodontic Technique lecture/lab 3.0
DENT-R 929 Advanced Complete Denture Technique lecture/lab 3.0
DENT-R 949 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy lecture/lab AUDIT

Fall Session

CourseTitleCourse TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 907 Oral Pathology Conference I lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-G 910 Seminar: Basic & Clinical Sciences Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 910 Biostatistics lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-G 912 Specification and Test Methods in Dental Materials seminar/exam 2.0
DENT-G 914 Advanced Complete Denture Theory lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-G 917 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Theory lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-G 942 Theories of Occlusion seminar/exam 1.0
DENT-R 923 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar seminar/exam 1.0
DENT-R 930 Prosthodontics Literature Review seminar 1.0
DENT-R 931 Advanced Fixed Partial Prosthodontics
Seminar and Lab I
seminar/lab
lecture
3.0
DENT-R 933 Clinical Prosthodontic Seminar lecture/seminar 3.0
DENT-R 941 Fundamentals of Implant Dentistry lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-R 946 Prosthodontics Patient Presentation Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 963 Dental Implantology lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

Spring Session

CourseTitleCourse TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 909 Oral Pathology Conference II lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-G 910 Seminar: Basic & Clinical Sciences Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 910 Seminar: Perio/Pros Interrelationships seminar/lecture 1.0
DENT-G 911 Dental Materials Sciences & Engineering lecture/exam 2.0
DENT-G 913 Clinical Application of Dental Materials seminar/exam 2.0
DENT-G 914 Advamced Complete Denture Theory lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-G 917 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Theory lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-G 944 Principles of Gnathology seminar/lecture/lab/exam 1.0
DENT-R 923 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar seminar/exam 1.0
DENT-R 930 Prosthodontics Literature Review seminar 1.0
DENT-R 933 Clinical Prosthodontics Seminar lecture/exam 3.0
DENT-R 946 Prosthodontic Patient Presentation Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 963 Dental Implantology lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

Second Year
Summer Session

CourseTitleCourse TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 923 Research:  Prosthodontics   1.0
DENT-G 938 Advanced Removable Partial Prosthodontics Technique lecture/lab 3.0
DENT-R 928 Advanced Maxillofacial Prosthetics Technique lecture/lab 2.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

Fall Session

CourseTitleCourse TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 910 Implant Treatment Planning Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 910 Multidisciplinary Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 916 Special Problems in Complete Denture Design lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 923 Research:  Prosthodontics   1.0
DENT-R 921 Clinical Maxillofacial Prosthetics clinic 1.0
DENT-R 923 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 930 Prosthodontic Literature Review lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 942 Management of Tempro Disorders & Occlusion lecture/seminar/exam 1.0
DENT-R 946 Prosthodontic Patient Presentation Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 963 Dental Implantology lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

Spring Session

CourseTitleCourse TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 910 Implant Treatment Planning Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 910 Multidisciplinary Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 910 Perio/Pros Interrelationships lecture/exam 1.0
DENT-G 916 Special Problems in Complete Denture Design lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 923 Research:  Prosthodontics   1.0
DENT-R 921 Clinical Maxillofacial Prosthetics clinic 1.0
DENT-R 923 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 930 Prosthodontic Literature Review lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 943 Management of Temporo Disorders & Occlusion-Clinic lecture/exam/clinic 1.0
DENT-R 946 Prosthodontic Patient Presentation Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 963 Dental Implantology lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

Third Year
Summer Session

CourseTitleCourse TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 923 Research:  Prosthodontics  

1.0

DENT-R 928 Advanced Maxillofacial Prosthetics Technique lecture/lab 2.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

Fall Session

CourseTitleCourse/TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 910 Multidisciplinary Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 910 Implant Treatment Planning Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 923 Research: Prosthodontics   1.0
DENT-R 923 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 930 Prosthodontic Literature Review lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 946 Prosthodontic Patient Presentation Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

Spring Session

CourseTitleCourse/TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 910 Multidisciplinary Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 910 Implant Treatment Planning Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-G 923 Research: Prosthodontics   1.0
DENT-R 923 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 930 Prosthodontic Literature Review lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 946 Prosthodontic Patient Presentation Seminar lecture/seminar 1.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

 

Summer Session

CourseTitleCourse/TypeCredit Hours
DENT-G 923 Research:  Prosthodontics   1.0
DENT-R 965 Advanced Clinical Prosthodontics clinic 1.0

Minimal Clinical Requirements
 Fixed EmphasisRemovable EmphasisEqual EmphasisMaxillofacial
C.D. 4 hrs. (10 sets/20 units) 8  hrs. (20 sets/40 units) 6 hrs (15 sets/30 units) arranged
Removable 2 hrs. (8 units) 3 hrs. (12 units) 2.5 hrs. (10 units) arranged
Fixed 10 hrs. (120 units) 5 hrs. (60 units) 7 hrs. (84 units) arranged
Maxillofacial 1.5 hrs. 1.5 hrs. 1.5 hrs. arranged
Adv. Max. 1.5 hrs. 1.5 hrs. 1.5 hrs. 100 hrs.
Implant 3 hrs. 3 hrs. 4 hrs. arranged

Implant Dentistry ---- Patients must be completed as assigned in all areas of emphasis.

C.D.: 1 hour = 5 complete denture units (upper is 1; lower is 1).   Must include at least 2 immediate dentures and two overdentures, 1 implant retained
Rem.: 1 hour = 4 partial units.  At least one complete reconstruction with fixed/removable partial denture must be done.  (May include implant restorations)
Fix.: 1 hour = 12 fixed units.  At least one complete reconstruction with fixed restorations must be done. 
Max.: 1 hour = 40 hours (5 days)
Implant:  1 hour = 2 patients