Course Descriptions

PROS 710 Prosthodontic Literature Seminar

This seminar provides exposure to historically relevant, scientific literature in various subject areas associated with prosthodontics and related sciences. Periodic and critical abstracting of this literature is accomplished by seminar attendees in order to maintain a database of condensed, topic-oriented summaries. Students in the Advanced Prosthodontic Program participate in this seminar each semester of their three-year residency. Twenty-four broad topics pertinent to prosthodontics are covered on a rotational basis over a three-year period. Eight topics are covered during each year of the students’ three-year residency program. Seminars are led by the director of the Advanced Prosthodontic Program. Other members of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty are invited to participate when their expertise with regard to the seminar topic is considered beneficial to the learning experience. [Course Director: Dr. Greg Paprocki; Credit Hours: 3]

PROS 711 Contemporary Evidence-Based Journal Club

Ongoing review of current, pertinent, professional literature is fundamental to the successful practice of prosthodontics. For postdoctoral students, knowledge of current professional literature is essential to developing theoretical and practical patient management skills. The assessment of current literature for its evidence-based value is critical. Journal Club provides a mechanism for surveying major dental periodicals to identify important articles, reviewing those articles, and discussing each article in an open seminar format. Seminars are held twice each week for one hour throughout the three-year program. This schedule is necessary to stay abreast of the ever-expanding volume of prosthodontic literature. [Course Director: Dr. David Cagna; Credit Hours: 2]

PROS 800 Thesis

This course provides opportunity for students to engage in research in prosthodontics and related sciences. Though involvement is arranged to suite individual needs, time commitment will be approximately 4 hours per week during each semester of the program. Students work with advisors experienced in research methodologies and scientific writing. Instruction is given by appropriate faculty on individual bases. Student activities include library research, writing a literature review, developing a research protocol, hands-on research, gathering and analyzing data, interpreting experimental results, developing conclusions, and publishing outcomes. Public defense of the research effort and publication of a thesis in accordance with regulation established by the College of Graduate Health Sciences are required. Research, public defense, and thesis accomplished during this course are in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Dental Science degree awarded by the UTHSC, College of Graduate Health Sciences. [Course Director: Dr. Greg Paprocki; Credit Hours: 4]

DSCI 805 Biomedical Core I

Biomedical Core 1 is the first in a series of three core courses making up a three semester long core curriculum for dental residents. Core 1 is designed to teach dental residents how to integrate into their clinical specialties (i.e., periodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, and orthodontics) what is currently known about Histology, Embryology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Experimental Research Design. Biomedical Core I will be provided in three sections: Section 001 - Histology/Embryology; Section 002 - Experimental Design; and Section 003 - Microbiology/Immunology. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to: (1) integrate established knowledge and newly published research and techniques across the fields of histology, embryology, microbiology, immunology, and experimental research design; (2) apply established knowledge in the fields of histology, embryology, microbiology, and immunology to their respective clinical practices, and utilize new information acquired from current research to pioneer new techniques of diagnosis and treatment in their respective clinical practices; and (3) design sound clinical studies to test new hypotheses regarding the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases. [Course Director: Dr. Laura Darnell; Credit Hours: 5]

DSCI XXX Biomedical Core II

Course description forthcoming. [Course Director: Dr. Laura Darnell; Credit Hours: 5]

DSCI XXX Biomedical Core III

Course description forthcoming. [Course Director: Dr. Laura Darnell; Credit Hours: 5]

PROS 753 Maxillofacial Prosthetics Seminar

This seminar presents the theory and principals involved in the treatment of maxillofacial defects. Topics include evaluation of patient needs, selection of appropriate impression materials and techniques, laboratory fabrication of the prosthesis, placement of the prosthesis, and follow-up. All topics will emphasize the features unique to maxillofacial prosthetics and compare and contrast these features to conventional prostheses. Features of optimal surgical design of the defect will be discussed. An introduction to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and a discussion of their impact on the maxillofacial patient will be provided. [Course Director: Dr. Greg Paprocki; Credit Hours: NA]

PROS 760 Seminars in Prosthodontics

This overview of prosthodontics is presented in a variety of formats (literature/textbook review and discussion, lecture, student presentations, and seminar). Subject areas covered include occlusion, complete dentures, removable partial dentures, anatomy and physiology, TMJ-TMD, dental impressions, tooth preparation, dental implants, laboratory procedures, dental material science, relevant topics in bioengineering, and other subjects pertinent to the practice of prosthodontics. Clinically related seminars include examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment planning for patients with prosthodontics needs. A variety of approaches to treatment and the importance of supportive therapy for treated patients are emphasized. The interrelationship between basic sciences and clinical aspects of prosthodontics is emphasized. An annual review of topics relevant to the private practice of prosthodontics is provided. Appropriate reading material from standard textbooks and prosthodontic literature is often assigned for seminar meetings. [Course Director: Dr. Greg Paprocki; Credit Hours: NA]

PROS 766 Clinical Prosthodontics

The residents’ clinical time is spent in the Advanced Prosthodontic Clinic in the UTHSC College of Dentistry. In this setting, advanced experience is gained in the management of complex edentulous, partially edentulous and dentate patients, including the restoration of dental implants. Emphasis is given to detailed diagnostic information gathering and the analysis of all dental problems. Experience is gained in a wide variety of treatment approaches to complicated prosthodontic problems. Clinical and photographic documentation of all procedures is accomplished and careful evaluation is made of all post-treatment results. Extensive experience is gained in treatment planning, coordinating multidisciplinary care, restoring, and maintaining dental implants. [Course Director: Dr. David Cagna; Credit Hours: NA]

PROS 773 Interdisciplinary Seminar

This postdoctoral multidisciplinary seminar addresses topics germane to effective management of complicated dental conditions. Representatives from periodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, oral & maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, and dental diagnostic sciences contribute to seminars activities. On a rotational basis, dental residents from the various Advanced Dental Education Programs in the College of Dentistry provide presentations and direct seminar discussions. The seminar theme is multidisciplinary management of patients. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to, treatment planning, complications, new therapies, diagnostic technologies, encountered pathologies, treatment philosophies, novel devices and materials, emerging science/technology, improved interdisciplinary communications, interesting dental laboratory processes, or any other topic considered informative for the group. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate clinically relevant and evidence-based information. When appropriate, presentations should be designed to update seminar participants on state-of-the-art, discipline-specific concepts. Fostering an environment of open and mutually beneficial commentary on current therapeutic philosophies and procedures is the goal of the seminar. Participants should leave each seminar experience better informed about issues impacting specialty level care of patients requiring complicated therapeutic intervention. [Course Director: Dr. Greg Paprocki; Credit Hours: NA]

PROS 793 Teaching Clerkship in Prosthodontics

All prosthodontic residents serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Prosthodontics. As teaching assistants, residents are involved in the organized instruction of pre-doctoral dental students. Experience is gained in both pre-clinical prosthodontic laboratory courses and pre-doctoral prosthodontic clinics. Residents are monitored for content and quality of teaching. [Course Director: Dr. Greg Paprocki; Credit Hours: NA]

PERI 736 Advanced Implant Dentistry

The educational goal of this seminar is to provide introduction, overview, and in-depth knowledge of endosseous dental implants to the residents and also to keep them up to date with current advances in the field of dental implants. Topics covered include, the rationale, indications, surgical, prosthodontic, radiographic requirements and maintenance procedures for successful dental implant therapy. A review of selected topics and current literature related to implant therapy is incorporated into the course to supplement the lecture topics presented. Case presentations are made by the residents. [Course Director: Dr. Greg Paprocki; Credit Hours: NA]

Contact Us

UTHSC College of Dentistry
Department of Prosthodontics
Advanced Prosthodontics Program
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163

Dept. Office: 901-448-6930
Clinic: 901-448-7180
Fax: 901-448-1294

Program Director

David R. Cagna, DMD, MS

Program Coordinator

Nancy Wilson