Prosthodontists are dentists who have finished their D.M.D. requirements and have undergone a further 3 years of training in an institution recognized by Israel's Ministry of Health. Throughout the residency progrm, residents learn how to performs procedures and treatments for complex oral rehabilitation cases. The prosthodontist's role is to correctly diagnose the problem, build a suitable treatment plan and provide the treatment.
The program goals to instill the needed skills in order for the residents to learn how to properly and efficiently diagnose problems, create treatment plans and carry out those plans. Applying the theories and practices allows the resident to help dentists in other specialties requiring oral rehabilitation.
The residency program for prosthodontics includes:
Prosthodontic Rehabilitation (2.5 years)
Department of Periodontics (3 months)
Elective (3 months)
Basic Sciences (6 months)
Oral Rehabilitation provides functional maintenance of the stomatognathic system and attempts to restore masticatory form and function to patients with decayed, partly edentulous and maloccluded dentition. Treatment methods are based on knowledge of the roles of the dentition and the supporting tissues in health and disease.
The Residency Program in Prosthodontic Rehabilitation provides basic information on neuromuscular, perio-prosthetic and geriatric disorders. It covers diagnostic methods, treatment planning and preventative, restorative and maintenance techniques. Residents learn how to cooperate with specialists in other clinical and dental departments.
The clinical aspect of the program involves treating 10 to 15 patients for comprehensive oral rehabilitation, including periodontics, orthodontics, fixed and/or removable prosthodontics, and one or two dental implant cases. The program includes rotations in the various oral rehabilitation sub-disciplines in the Departments of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, and experience in clinical instruction to undergraduate students.
The Basic Sciences requirements are defined in the Regulations for Dentists (Certification of Specialization and Qualifying Examinations) 1977.
Exemption from the Basic Sciences is granted to candidates who have completed: (l) A B.Sc. or higher degree in a science discipline (including the Basic Dental Sciences degree); and (2) A clinical research project on a topic approved in advance by the Scientific Committee and carried out according to their guidelines.
Exemption is not given in pathology if this discipline is specifically part of the Specialization Program.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, presentations, case studies, laboratory work, teaching D.M.D. students and complex dental treatment plans.
There is a special track available for scholarships. The track is for a Ph.D. degree and includes 2 years (at least) of research and three years of residency.