Author: Ryan Sheridan | Category: Final Words... | Dental Science (M.S.) | May 13, 2015
Congratulations Ryan Sheridan, DMD, the newest graduate from the Master of Dental Science Program (prosthodontics track), for successfully defending your dissertation "Evaluating the Split File Protocol for Accuracy
of Marginal Gap."
Please tell me about yourself, why did you pick
UT Health Science Center, and your program.
I enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences through my residency
education in prosthodontics. As a specialist in dental medicine, it is highly
encouraged to pursue academic research to understand the scientific process and
contribute to the body of knowledge in our specialty.
Please provide a few sentences summarizing your dissertation.
What was the experience like for you?
The purpose of my thesis was to verify a
commercial technique used to manufacture prosthetic teeth (crowns) and
substructures (abutments) without segmentalizing the process, as seen in
traditional analog methods. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) has streamlined
fabrication and improved accuracy.
However, technology can sometimes outpace our ability to assess these
This study compared digital
design and manufacture to traditional analog methods.The experience was long, tedious but very well
worth it. The results of the study were
only a small part of what was gleaned from the time spent on this
endeavor. Delving into state-of-the-art
technology helped me understand systems that I otherwise would have not had the
opportunity to work with.
Why are you passionate about your research
topic? How did you first become interested in it?
Technology in dentistry is so rapidly evolving
at this point in time that research and clinicians are struggling to keep
up! As a clinician, it is important to
use evidence based decision making. It
is my hope that the result obtained will help real world dentists make informed
decisions about the method their restorations are fabricated.
What was your best memory during graduate school
or what did you learn?
Best memory is submitting my thesis. I did
not think that It would be as much work as it eventually turned out to be. So finally submitting the manuscript was a
powerful moment. It was a good learning
experience to see how much effort undertaking a research project requires.
I am commissioned in the United Stated Air Force
and have taken a position at the Air Force Post Graduate Dental School as the
director of first year prosthodontics education and research.
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