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Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics

Computerized Dentistry - FAQs

What is CAD/CAM?
CAD/CAM stands for computer assisted design/computer assisted manufacturing.  It is a process that uses computer design of restorations based on scanned intraoral images and the design is then milled from prefabricated blocks of porcelain or composite.  Commercial systems using this process include the CEREC AC system (Sirona Dental) and the E4D system (D4D Technology).  Both of these systems are a part of the didactic and clinical program.

Where do I find the program application for the program?
The application can be downloaded directly from the program website.  No application will be reviewed without all requested documents provided.  

Application Form

What are the requirements for application?
Applicants must have graduated from a recognized dental school.  International graduates are welcome to apply to the program.  Applicants must provide a copy of their diploma and transcripts as evidence of successful completion.  Applicants must also provide documented evidence of English language proficiency by submitting TOEFL scores.  More details are included on the application instruction page of the website.

How will I know when my application is made available to the Computerized Dentistry program for review?
The School of Dentistry Office of Admissions will notify applicants via email when their materials have been received by the Computerized Dentistry program for review.

What is the process for selecting applicants to attend the Computerized Dentistry program?
Admission to the Computerized Dentistry program is a competitive selection process. Applications are accepted throughout the year for the program beginning the following year. Review of applications starts in September, and the deadline for application submission is April 1. Qualified applicants are invited for a personal interview. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the process to maximize their chances for an interview. Generally, there are two to three interview periods: Oct-Nov, Jan-Feb and April (unless program is full). Starting in December, and following each interview period, applicants selected for the program are offered a position. Once all positions in the program for the coming year are filled, no more interviews are scheduled and any new applications are held for review for the following program year.

Will I receive any benefits (health insurance, etc.) while enrolled in the program?
Students do NOT receive benefits through the program.

What is a digital impression system?
An intraoral wand or camera is used to record the tooth preparation, adjacent teeth, and opposing teeth.  The digital recording is electronically transmitted to the dental laboratory for fabrication of the final restoration.  Commercial systems include Lava Chairside Oral Scanner (COS), True Definition Scanner, and iTero which are included in the program.

Will the program lead to licensure in North America?
The CDP is a full-time, one-year program of advanced dental study and experience.  The program starts on 1 July and ends the following year on 30 June.  State dental boards generally require at least two years of study in an accredited program to qualify for licensure. Completion of the one-year CDP does not quality for licensure, and CDP is not accredited by CODA.

Can I submit TOEFL scores besides the internet-based test?
The program will only accept TOEFL scores from the internet-based test for consistency.  Any other form of test will not be accepted.

Could this program improve my chances for acceptance to an Advanced Standing dental program?
Absolutely!  The program has a strong foundation in general dentistry and would provide a significant amount of clinical experience prior to an Advanced Standing dental program.

Can my educational loans from dental school be deferred?
Many educational loans from dental school are eligible for deferment during the continuation of (related) education such as a post-doctoral program.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm this with the specific loan institution(s).  The student is responsible to submit the appropriate forms to the specific loan institution, as the program does not do this.  The program will provide documentation to verify training status if required, such as letters of support or signatures.

Will I have to provide after-hours emergency care?
Each student is responsible for providing comprehensive care to his/her patients in the clinic.  The students participate in a rotating schedule to be available to provide after-hours dental consultation to patients of record.  Students do not provide after-hours dental treatment, as the clinic is not open 24 hours per day.  An electronic pager is provided to the student for the consultation service and the student is expected to remain within paging radius during this rotation.  The rotation is generally a week in length.  Any after-hours emergency dental care that is required is referred to the University of Michigan Hospital Dental Service.

How much time will I be in the clinic treating patients?
Students spend approximately 75% of their time in direct patient care during the program.

Is there adequate dental assistant support for each student?
The Graduate General Dentistry Clinic has 14 dental chairs and 7 full-time dental assistants as part of the support staff.  They will work with students on a daily basis during the program.  In addition, there are three part-time hygienists that manage the program recall appointments to free the students from doing routine recall appointments. Also, three front desk staff manage scheduling and financial affairs for patients.

Do I need my own dental license?  Do I need my own DEA number?
Students are working under the direct supervision of program attending faculty and do not need their own dental license or a DEA number during the program.

How much lab work do I need to do?
As part of comprehensive patient care, students are responsible for completing the necessary laboratory preparatory work prior to sending cases for fabrication.  This includes diagnostic impressions and casts, jaw relations with accurate mountings, surveyed casts with partial denture designs, and any other preliminary work appropriate to the individual case.  The CompuDent program does have its own dental laboratory with CAD/CAM ceramic capability, however it is not able to keep up with the significant demand of the program so many additional local dental laboratories are used as well.

As a graduate of a dental school from outside North America, am I qualified to apply?
YES!  Graduates of dental schools outside of North America are eligible and encouraged to apply for the program.  Please see the program application instructions on the program website for details on the application requirements.

Are dental implants a part of the program?
The program has integrated implant treatment as a significant aspect of the didactic curriculum and clinical experience.  Digital case planning utilizing CAD software and Cone Beam data scans are used for diagnosis and treatment planning.  The primary focus is on restorative procedures for implant treatment.  Surgical placement of implants is not a primary focus of the program although students may have the opportunity to do so on a case-by-case basis.

Will the program provide travel documentation and visas I may need if I am not a US citizen? 
The program works closely with the International Office of the University of Michigan to arrange visas and necessary travel documents for applicants accepted into the program.  Students may have to complete additional application information requested by the International Office as the case may require.

Does the program provide housing for students?
Students are responsible for arranging and securing their own housing during the program.  Students are referred to services in the Ann Arbor community for assistance.