The Department was established in 1959. In 2007, following numerous reconstructions, the Department was relocated to a new building: the Dental Training Centre. All five clinical departments of the Faculty of Dentistry are located in this modern, ten-storey building. There are 97 streamlined dental practice units on two different floors, which have been specially developed for the dental student’s clinical training, with an additional 18 dental stations for the specialised treatment of the Department’s patients.
Prosthodontics is taught over nine semesters within the dental curriculum’s framework. Prosthodontics is divided into five separate disciplines as a result of the reformed dental curriculum, including the newly-added dental implant prothetic and gnathology subjects. The five disciplines are:
- Dental Materials (2nd semester) completed with a semi-final examination;
Odontotechnology and Prosthodontics preclinical course I. and II.(3rd and 4th semesters) completed with a practical mark;
Odontotechnology and Prosthodontics preclinical course III. (5th semester) completed with a final examination;
- Prosthodontics (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th semesters) completed with a final examination;
- Gnathology (7th and 8th semester) completed with a final examination;
- Clinical Dentistry i. and II. (9th and 10th semesters) completed with a practical mark.
Treating patients serves as practical training for the dental students. Most of the conventional prosthetic appliances are made by students.
Members of the clinical staff treat patients who need special therapy, thereby providing high level treatment which can be applied in research work.
The main research projects of the Department are:
- Design principles and prosthodontic treatment in partially dentate patients, with special emphasis on prevention;
- Evaluation of the design and anchorage of complete dentures, according to the clinico-anatomical possibilities, in order to restore the masticatory and speech abilities;
- Maxillofacial rehabilitation of surgically treated cancer patients;
- Computer technology in theoretical and practical stomatological education of university students;
- Geriatric oral research: investigating and treating oral manifestations related to aging, managing subjective oral symptoms like xerostomia and hyposalivation, social factors related oral problems of the elderly Hungarian population;
- The investigation of dental anxiety: management of psychosomatic dental problems;
- Prosthetic problems of epilepsia patients: care and management.
The main methods of investigation are epidemiological studies, clinical observations and statistical evaluations.