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Dr. Arthur Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry
Chair: Steven P. Engebretson, D.M.D., M.S., M.S.
The Arthur Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry was founded in 1991
with three Fellows. In 1993 the International Program was established
and has grown rapidly. At present the department has trained 122 international
trained dentists from 26 countries along with 54 Fellows. In fact, the
department has the largest implant-training program worldwide.
Today, the International Program’s average combined class size
(first- and second-year residents) is approximately 37 per year along
with approximately six Fellows. Each year the program attracts residents
from around the world who realize that with the advancements in technology
that have occurred, implants are clearly the wave of the future.
As the department embarks into the new millennium, advancements in the
field of implant dentistry are promising and exciting. This is clearly
demonstrated in the broad curriculum currently taught to third- and
fourth-year predoctoral students and in the innovative research projects
in progress, which are continually upgrading the field of implant dentistry.
Implant dentistry is the science and study of the reconstruction, maintenance,
and health of the patient through replacement of teeth and contiguous
structures with natural and alloplastic devices and materials. The overall
educational goals of the program in implant dentistry are to acquaint
the student with the historic, biologic, and scientific bases for dental
implant therapy and to develop in the students an understanding of evaluation,
diagnosis, treatment planning, maintenance procedures, and associated
complications in implant dentistry.
Didactic Program—Third Year
The presentation of didactic material begins in the third year with
a series of lectures and a lab that covers the following:
- History and
development of dental implants
- Biological basis
- Selection of
patients—presurgical prosthodontic clinical procedures
- Oral surgical
and biomechanics in dental implant design
factors in implant dentistry
considerations in implant dentistry
Program—Third and Fourth Years
Students gain exposure to the surgical placement of implants and the
construction of implant design and place the interim and definitive
restoration. During the third and fourth years, some students are responsible
for the treatment of at least one implant supported restoration.
The student is involved with the initial diagnosis and treatment plan
as well as the following aspects of treatment: (1) template design and
fabrication; (2) assisting during Stage I and Stage II surgeries; (3)
provisionalization of the patient throughout treatment; and (4) construction
and insertion of the definitive restoration.
The department is active in research in the clinical basic science arena.
Studies of sinus grafts, socket healing, immediate load, and new innovative
implant designs are all part of the research orientation of the department.
In addition, select students are involved in and assist faculty on research
projects within the department. Many students present poster sessions
or table clinics each year at national and international major meetings.