Advanced Prosthodontics

Program Overview

Kumar Shah, BDS, MS, FACP
Program Director

The Advanced Prosthodontics Residency Program at UCLA is an internationally renowned, CODA accredited postgraduate certificate program that prepares future leaders in prosthodontics patient care, research, and teaching. The curriculum provides a scientifically-based rationale for diagnostic, treatment planning, and patient care decisions.  As residents become acquainted with the philosophies and principles of prosthodontic treatment with fixed, removable, implant, and maxillofacial prosthodontics, the fundamental rationale of clinical and laboratory techniques, CAD/CAM, biomechanics, dental material selection, and tissue management are emphasized.  

Besides replacing oral structures and tissues, a primary aim of the program is to teach residents the importance of preserving the supporting structures through coordinated effort with other dental specialties. Additionally, positive management skills are developed for these often demanding, long-term treatment patients.

UCLA Advanced Prosthodontics is also among the world leaders in translational research and we encourage our residents to innovate along with our world class research faculty.  All residents are required to conduct a research project during their training on cutting edge topics in CAD/CAM, dental materials, bioengineering, bone biology, and prosthodontics..  For those who wish to engage in formal research training, we also offer an optional MS Degree program in Oral Biology at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

The faculty is committed to help our graduates to navigate the certification process of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Advanced and specialized methods required for care of complex and multidisciplinary cases are stressed. Upon successful completion of the program, residents are awarded two certificates: a Certificate of Postgraduate Study from the UCLA School of Dentistry and a Certificate of Residency from the UCLA Hospitals and Clinics.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The program in Advanced Prosthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: .

Length of Program: 3 years

Number of Positions: 2

Financial Arrangement: 

If graduated from CODA accredited dental school: B Salary

If graduated from non-CODA dental school: Program Fees: $45,000, UCLA Extension Certificate Fee: $200, UCLA Extension International Student Fee (only for those requesting I-20s for F-1 student status): $1,300, TN Visa $2,000.00 + related costs.