Division Overview

The educational role of the Division of Prosthodontics within the Department of Reconstructive Sciences includes undergraduate (D.M.D.), graduate, fellowship and continuing education efforts by all faculty. The Division provides didactic, preclinical, and clinical instruction in fixed prosthodontics, complete denture prosthodontics, removable partial prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthetics, implant prosthodontics, dental anatomy and morphology, occlusion, dental materials and biomaterials for the predoctoral program.

The Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics provides the highest level of specialty training in prosthodontics and is recognized as one of the most competitive prosthodontics residency program in North America.

The Division of Prosthodontics continues to offer ITI scholarships which have been awarded to visiting dentists for year-long in-depth clinical and/or research training in all phases of implant dentistry. UConn Prosthodontics faculty members contribute to continuing education at both the national and international levels, serve as board members of national and international organizations and serve on editorial boards for various scientific journals. Faculty members contribute to numerous scientific publications each year and are active members in many professional organizations.

Academic Program

Program Length and Duration

Our 36-month program Advanced Specialty Education Program in Prosthodontics begins July 1 each year leading to Certificate and a Masters of Dental Science degree.


Our objective is to create an environment for learning that will enable each resident to face the challenges of the future and emerge as a leader in the field of prosthodontics. We seek to provide a learning experience that includes state of the art skills and knowledge with the analytical ability to secure success in the future.

Graduates of UConn Prosthodontics Residency Program are expected to be adept at managing sophisticated esthetic and functional dental rehabilitations that utilize in-depth knowledge of classic and contemporary prosthodontics and competency in the surgical placement of dental implants. They should be knowledgeable in dental materials and advances in new technologies.

An additional objective is to enable residents to complete all clinical cases required to challenge the American Board of Prosthodontics examination.


This is a program with state-of-the-art digital technology that is designed to provide the student with clinical skills and competency necessary for the specialized practice of prosthodontics and/or for a career in teaching and research. Use of dental implants is emphasized. Residents have the opportunity to treat a variety of intraoral maxillofacial patient needs. All residents are qualified and expected to obtain certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics. Participation in mock written and oral examinations is required twice each year. The residency program has an excellent track record of graduates who successfully accomplish board certification.

Residents must perform a publishable research project, accomplish laboratory procedures and give formal presentations on various topics. Treatment planning is emphasized and residents are required to present their patients' treatment plans and progress during seminars. Residents are strongly encouraged to discuss each patient's treatment plan with various members of the faculty and consultants to obtain a variety of ideas and opinions.

The clinical portion of the residency comprises about 70 percent of the scheduled curriculum. A desirable pool of patients ensures residents the opportunity for a wide range of clinical experiences. Most patient treatments include use of dental implants.

Residents perform implant surgeries twice per week and at the time of graduation, residents are expected to attain competency and independence in surgical placement of dental implants, bone grafting, and pre-prosthetic surgical procedures.

The didactic portion of the program includes interdepartmental courses in anatomy, histology, pathology, applied pharmacology, epidemiology, biostatistics and dental materials.

The interdepartmental clinical program includes clinical faculty seminars, treatment planning seminars and implant conferences. Principles of evidence based dentistry are applied in treatment planning and execution. World-renown clinicians frequently visit the UConn Prosthodontics Residency Program to lecture to the residents.

During intra-department didactic sessions a variety of opinions by faculty and consultants are encouraged to expose students to controversy and encourage critical thinking. Our aim is to provide a positive learning environment, camaraderie, and mutual respect between students and faculty.


Admission Requirements

Dentists graduated from accredited U.S. and Canada or other international dental schools who possess equivalent educational background and standing are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics. Foreign graduates must show evidence of clinical experience beyond dental school. Application materials are reviewed and candidates with the highest qualifications are selected for an interview based on the following criteria: dental and pre-professional education transcripts, class standing, personal and career goals, experiences beyond predoctoral education, evidence of scholarly activity, and letters of recommendation from two prosthodontists. No candidates are admitted to the program without a personal interview. Non-discriminatory policies are followed in selecting the applicants.

Application FAQs

  • Completed application form.
  • $75 application fee payable to UConn Health Center.
  • If applicable, $75 application fee payable to the University of Connecticut Graduate School.
  • Original or official copy of transcripts from all undergraduate and professional schools.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A TOEFL score in excess of 550 for paper-based exam or 215 for computer-based exam for all graduates from non-English speaking countries. Part I, Part II or both parts of the Dental Board Examination are not required for admission, but are strongly recommended.
  • Original or official copy of certificate of class standing.
  • Original or official copy of dental diploma.

The application deadline for the OMFR Clinical Certificate Program is September 1 of the year preceding July matriculation.
A separate online application must be submitted to the University of Connecticut Graduate School to apply for either Master’s Program or the Ph.D. Program.

Stipend and Tuition


  • For U.S. citizens who are graduates of U.S. and Canadian dental schools, the current annual stipend is $24,000 for first year and $25,000 for second and third year of residency.
  • For foreign nationals and foreign graduates, the current annual stipend is $13,000 for each year of residency.


  • For the certificate component, the Advanced Dental Education Fee is $13,000 per year for all graduates (U.S., Canadian and international graduates). The Advanced Dental Education Fee will be $25,000 per year effective July 1, 2017 for newly entering residents.
  • For the Master of Dental Science component, tuition is charged per credit hour. The total fees for the Masters of Dental Science are approximately $10,000 to $15,000 for U.S. citizens and $20,000 for international students (total for all three years).
  • Residents are required to purchase five semi-adjustable articulators, an SLR digital camera, and surgical loupes with headlights.

Financial Information
For more information, see the Resident Salaries, Stipends, Fees and Tuition page and the Financial Aid and Budget page.


Division Chair
Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Professor and Department Head

Director of Predoctoral Prosthodontics
Jacqueline P. Duncan, D.M.D., M.D.Sc.
Associate Clinical Professor

Director of Post-Graduate Prosthodontics
Avinash S. Bidra, B.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Assistant Director of Post-Graduate Prosthodontics
John R. Agar, D.D.S., M.A.

Professors Emeriti
Joseph E. Grasso, D.D.S., M.S.
David A. Newitter, D.D.S., M.A.
Cornelis Pameijer, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Martin A. Freilich, D.D.S.
Robert Kelly, D.D.S., M.S., D.M.Sc.

Associate Professor
David G. Pendrys, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor
Patchanee Rungruanganunt, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Assistant Clinical Professors
Avinash Bidra, B.D.S.,M.S.D.
Ajay Dhingra, M.D.S., M.S.D.

Ralph J. Bozza, D.M.D., M.A.G.D.
Joseph Cydylo, D.M.D.
Marie Falcone, D.M.D., M.B.E.
David Kusovitsky, D.M.D.
Robert A. Kravecs Jr., D.M.D.
Vernon Kwok, D.M.D.
Bruce Nghiem, D.M.D.
Noah Orenstein, D.M.D., M.D.S.
Dimitri Perdikis, D.D.S.
Robert Schulman, D.M.D.
Polina Simanovich, D.M.D.
Dennis Sindel, D.D.S.
Richard Smith, D.D.S.

Contact Information

Department of Reconstructive Sciences
Division of Prosthodontics

263 Farmington Avenue, L7041
Farmington, CT 06030-1615
Phone: 860-679-2649
Fax: 860-679-1370

Program Questions
Dr. Avinash Bidra:

Administrative Questions
Ms. Kathleen Thomas: