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Department of Prosthodontics

Chair: Leila Jahangiri, B.D.S., D.M.D., M.M.Sc., Clinical Professor of Prosthodontics

Associate Chair: Ashok Soni, B.D.S., M.D.S., Associate Professor of Prosthodontics

Department of Prosthodontics
423 East 23rd Street, 16 North, New York, NY 10010

Sonia S. Forbes, Administrator
Tel: 212- 998-9418 Fax: 212-995-4686

Mission statement:
The mission of the Department of Prosthodontics and its faculty is to educate dental or graduate students to understand and utilize the latest and the best prosthodontic techniques and to become skilled and competent in the discipline or specialty of Prosthodontics. Through didactic and clinical teaching, students receive required knowledge and skills to fulfill the fundamental prosthodontic needs of patients. Department teaching focuses on foundation knowledge, teaches the latest techniques and evaluates clinical competency to provide quality prosthodontic care for patients. Our goal is to have evolving curriculum that is continuously updated for optimal dental education and patient care.

The Department of Prosthodontics has a long and illustrious history that parallels that of the College. It was one of the earliest departments established at New York College of Dentistry, as it was called at the time, and today, it is one of the largest in terms of the number of faculty members.

Prosthodontic Science: Prosthodontic science is related to the restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, aesthetics, and health of patient by restoration of natural teeth and/or replacement of missing teeth and craniofacial tissues. Prosthodontic curriculum of the Doctorate of Dental Surgery is designed such that students go through simulation and bench courses to learn the fundamental skills evolving to more complex prosthodontic cases in the Advanced Prosthodontics course and clinics including implant dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics. Courses are evaluated and updated annually for contents and are augmented with technology to teach the latest techniques in Prosthodontics within comprehensive treatment planning, Implant Dentistry, Occlusion and Aesthetics.

Second Year
In the second year, students participate in a Complex Restorations I course. This course enables students to receive didactic information and the necessary psychomotor skills to perform steps related to clinical and laboratory procedures in fixed prosthodontics, and restorations using dental implants, with special emphasis on a comprehensive treatment approach. Special emphasis is placed on occlusion, biomechanics, and the biological considerations of the periodontium. Students gain knowledge and experience by fabricating a variety of extra coronal, as well as full coverage and implant supported restorations on simulated patient mannnequins. Complex Restorations II, which is given simultaneously, is a course in preclinical removable prosthodontics. Students are taught systematic sequential procedures for the fabrication of complete, removable partial, and implant retained dentures with emphasis on biomechanical compatibilities. Foundation knowledge and techniques are taught by lectures, videos, and demonstrations that are correlated with student laboratory exercises. The simulation courses (Complex Restorations I and II) prepare students to provide care for a wide selection of patients requiring prosthodontic care. It is our mission to assure teaching and practice of the latest proven technology including all ceramic restorations, CAD/CAM technology and 3D planning software.

Third and Fourth Years
Third- and fourth-year students have opportunities to use and expand on the knowledge acquired in the simulation course by treating patients in a clinical setting. Special emphasis is placed on developing fundamental biologic and preventive principles with a progression to procedures that are more complex and sophisticated, including treatment with dental implants. Emphasis is placed, throughout clinical training, in maintaining and restoring function, aesthetics, and comfort of patients.

Honors Program in Prosthodontics
The program is offered to a select number of senior students who have demonstrated excellent skills, knowledge, and interests in fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics. This course simulates a postgraduate prosthodontic program through comprehensive clinical patient care.

Faculty in the Department of Prosthodontics are engaged in an array of research projects including dental materials, educational research, clinical trials, tissue engineering, and molecular biology. Students interested in research projects are encouraged to team with appropriate faculty members. The department is committed to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate residents are required to show evidence of scholarship during the three years of the post graduate training. The department has several faculty who are PhD prosthodontists with a commitment to the mission of the university and strive to be in leading edge research in prosthodontics.

Mentoring predoctoral students
The department is committed to mentoring students that strive to pursue the specialty of prosthodontics. Through this mentoring program, in the past three, years every student that expressed a desire to join the specialty has been successful.