Predoctoral Implant Dentistry Programs in US Dental Schools

Annette M. Weintraub, Robert Seckinger, Peter Berthold, Gerald S. Weintraub

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Surveys of US dental schools over the last 20 years have reported a continual increase in the number and types of predoctoral and postdoctoral implant dentistry programs being taught. The purpose of the following article is to report on the results of a survey intended to update the status of predoctoral programs with respect to their curricular placement, departmental jurisdictions, and course contents. In June 1993, 54 US dental schools received the implant dentistry curriculum survey, and 50 of the schools (93%) returned responses. Results indicate that the trend toward implementation of more predoctoral implant dentistry programs has been sustained, with 86% of schools reporting the existence of implant curricula. This compares with 33% and 73% of US schools having such programs in 1974 and 1989, respectively. The major reasons that schools gave for not having implant dentistry courses for predoctoral students are a lack of curriculum time and scarce financial resources. The dental disciplines most frequently guiding such programs are oral surgery and periodontics. Schools offer varying degrees of lectures, laboratories, and clinical experiences in predoctoral implant dentistry, with the number of curriculum hours peaking in years three and four. General curricular topics most commonly include a historical overview of implant dentistry, diagnosis and treatment planning, classifications and types of dental implants, and surgical and prosthodontic procedures. Seventeen percent of schools require some form of undergraduate clinical implant dentistry exposure for all of their students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-121
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Prosthodontics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1995


  • curriculum
  • education
  • implant surgery
  • prosthodontic rehabilitation


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