Instruction of Restorative ACT Program

Year 1

Core Knowledge and Skills Development

At the start of the program in early July, trainees immediately begin didactic courses and laboratory sessions in Operative Dentistry, Fixed Prosthodontics, Esthetic Dentistry, and Restorative Implant Dentistry.

The majority of the first-year curriculum will be dedicated to technical skills development through a series of Skill Courses, which involve completion of 100 preparation and restoration procedures in the UCLA Simulation Laboratory under the mentorship of restorative faculty members. Trainees will learn to become proficient in the following restorative procedures: direct restorations, gold inlays and onlays, 3/4 and 7/8 gold crowns, ceramic inlays and onlays, all ceramic crown and bridge, anterior and posterior porcelain veneers, CAD/CAM restorations, and others.

During the last two quarters of the first-year curriculum, trainees begin clinical preparatory courses in the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center. Here, the specialists will provide training in practice management, material sciences, digital radiology interpretation, treatment planning, dental anesthesia and nitrous sedation, fundamentals of dental implant surgery, implant hands-on lab training, and others. This will ensure that trainees are prepared to provide direct patient care in the second-year curriculum.

Year 2

Excellence in Clinical Dentistry

The emphasis of the second-year of the curriculum is direct patient care. Trainees will participate as dental providers to treat patients under the guidance of clinical faculty in UCLA Restorative Dentistry at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center. Through comprehensive treatment planning, trainees provide patient care through the following: caries management by risk assessment, phase one periodontal procedures and minor periodontal surgery, diagnosis of pulpal disease, direct and indirect restorations, fixed dental prostheses, bonded ceramics, anterior and posterior veneers, CAD/CAM scanning, design, milling of lithium disilicate, and zirconia implant restorations. We evaluate the trainees’ progress and competency quarterly, and all the clinical requirements must be satisfied by the end of the second year.

Literature review and case presentation sessions are held during the year. Trainees may also have opportunities to be engaged in ongoing research projects in the Restorative Section of UCLA School of Dentistry in the Westwood campus.

Another area of focus during the second year is the development of teaching skills. Trainees will be assigned a teaching rotation in the Skill Courses at UCLA’s Westwood campus. Those trainees who express additional interest in teaching will be given opportunities to assist teaching junior and senior dental students alongside faculty members.

At the end of the two-year program, trainees will obtain the knowledge and skills equivalent to a two-year Operative Dentistry or Restorative Dentistry Program in the United States. A UCLA Certificate for Advanced Clinical Training Program is awarded upon successful completion of the two-year program.

Optional 3rd Year

Advanced Clinical Cross Training

The second-year trainees or graduates are eligible to apply for the pilot third-year program. In addition to more clinical case responsibilities, the third-year trainees participate oral surgery training by taking advanced courses and chair-side assisting the oral surgeon in the UCLA Venice Dental Center. Trainees may have opportunities to perform implant surgical procedures alongside the surgeon, pending the oral surgeon’s clinical evaluation and discretion. Trainees also continue to assist teaching, and to lead ongoing literature review, case presentation, and any special projects. Upon completion of the program, it is expected the trainees will become a future leader in the dental community to maintain an educational and patient care partnership with the UCLA School of Dentistry.