Digital Dentistry

A unique residency experience, MUSC's Post-Doctoral program in Digital Dentistry is the first full-time program of its kind worldwide; it is a 2-year clinical program with an emphasis on prosthodontic rehabilitations using multiple digital systems and technologies.

Faculty Overview

Christian Brenes, D.D.S., MS

Dr. Brenes is an associate professor and director for the Master's program in Digital Dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Department of Advanced Specialty Sciences' section for digital dentistry.

Dr. Brenes is a prosthodontist with several years of experience in the areas of digital implant dentistry and digital prosthodontics; he was one of the first promoters of open systems and affordable 3d printing. He is a key opinion leader for several companies and has multiple publications on topics such as CAD/CAM, guided surgery, implants, biomaterials, milling, 3D printing technologies, and dental esthetics.

Post-Doctoral Program Overview

The objective of this program is to provide clinicians with a sound academic and clinical background in digital dentistry with a wide variety of technologies from over 20 different manufacturers. Emphasis is placed on training clinicians who are competent in all aspects of digital dentistry from guided surgical implant placement to 3D smile design, full mouth rehabilitation, and computer-assisted manufacturing of high-quality restorations. The program is enriched by comprehensive treatment planning involving full mouth rehabilitation, treatment of edentulism, and rehabilitation of the worn dentition. Contemporary esthetic materials and dental implant therapy are emphasized. 

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Candidates will have the opportunity to complete an MSD (Master of Science in Dentistry, College of Dental Medicine, Digital Dentistry Track). This degree requires completion of a research project and defense of a thesis project. The didactic component of the program includes treatment planning seminars and literature review seminars in addition to formal lecture courses. The Master's degree program is completed simultaneously with the clinical Certificate program in Digital Dentistry and there is no option for a Certificate only program. The Master's degree and Certificate in Digital Dentistry program is a minimum of 24 months in length. A research project culminating in the defense of a thesis is mandatory, and preparation of a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal is strongly recommended. 

Length of Program: 24 months



Deadline: September 1
Start term (U.S. resident): July 1
Start term (international): Summer semester starts in early May

Application Requirements

The program accepts national and international applicants. We encourage general dentists and specialists to apply. There is no option for part-time attendance.

Applications for admission to the program can be submitted through the American Dental Education Association's Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Most recent CV
  • Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent; copy of dental diploma and copy of dental school transcripts must be submitted. English translation must be used for transcripts not in English language. 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation should be submitted. One of these letters must come from the Dean or the Program Director. All letters should be sent directly to MUSC, with the contact information attached to the recommendation.
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All foreign applicants whose primary language is not English should submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (we do not accept the IELTS test). A minimum TOEFL score of 90 is required for application consideration. TOEFL test scores are taken more than 3 years before the application date will not be accepted.

All international students will be expected to attend a comprehensive preclinical course aiming to prepare them for clinical protocol, clinical responsibilities, and patient care. At the end of the course, the student is expected to pass a competency exam to be able to provide active patient care in the clinics. This credentialing process is currently overseen by Dr. Sompop Bencharit, assistant dean for innovation and Dr. Christian Brenes, Digital Dentistry residency program director.

Looking for a fellowship experience?
Prospective applicants who have already completed a residency may be interested in the one-year Digital Dentistry Fellowship.

Digital Dentistry Residency Content

MUSC's Digital Dentistry Residency is focused on synergistically applying the latest technology available for advancing patient care. 

Components of the program include:

  • Digital Implant Planning (Blueskyplan, Romexis guided, Simplant, Exoplan)
  • Digital Intraoral and laboratory Scanning (Medit, 3Shape, Planmeca, Cerec, iTero)
  • 3D Printing, Resin and metal laser sintering technology (Sprintray, Ackuretta, Asiga, Sisma)
  • CAD/CAM Design (Exocad, Planmeca, 3Shape, CEREC, Meshmixer)
  • 3D and 2D Smile Design
  • Milling (Roland, Cerec, Planmeca, Ivoclar Vivadent)
  • Guided Surgical Implant Placement (Blueskybio, Biohorizons, Straumann, Zimmer, Astratech)
  • Digital Hybrid Fabrication
  • Digital Dentures
  • Chairside Milled Ceramics
  • Laboratory Milling
  • State of the art biomaterials in milling and 3D printing technologies
  • Surgical Principles
  • Prosthetic Principles
  • Conservative Adhesive Ceramics
  • Veneers
  • CBCT Technology
  • Literature Review
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Clinical Photography