UW School of Dentistry

Graduate Prosthodontic Clinic

Student and Prosthodontists working on prosthodontic patient

At the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle we offer services in removable, fixed, and implant prosthodontics and full-mouth rehabilitation in both our Graduate Prosthodontic Clinic and our Faculty Practice Clinic.

The Graduate Prosthodontic Clinic offers prosthodontic treatment at reduced fees to patients who provide good teaching experience for the students.

The Faculty Practice Clinic offers prosthodontic treatment by participating faculty prosthodontists to patients who prefer treatment by experienced faculty members, desire faster entry into treatment, or who are not offered treatment in the graduate program clinic.


How do I become a Patient at the Graduate Prosthodontic Clinic?

Appointments are by referral only.  Outside dental practitioner can fax a referral, (206) 543-7783, to the Department of Restorative Dentistry with a cover letter stating referral to Graduate Prosthodontic Clinic.  Self- referred patients are to call School of Dentistry Dental Admission Clinic (DAC) at (206) 616-6996 to make a screening appointment.

Who will provide my prosthodontic care?

The Department of Prosthodontics accepts 3 graduate students each year for its 3-year program of advanced training.  These students have already completed dental school, then chosen to specialize in Prosthodontics.  They are enrolled in an intensive program of classroom and clinical training that leads to a Certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry Degree. If you would prefer a Faculty Practice dental specialist, please refer to the providers listed below.

What to expect?

  • You will have an initial screening with one of our faculty, and if your treatment is suitable for our teaching clinic, you will be assigned to one of our graduate students.
  • Your assigned student will call you to make your first appointment, Comprehensive Exam & Diagnostic Casts (models). The fee for this appointment is $221.00 and is subject to change.
  • Radiographs (x-rays, if needed) will be taken in the Radiology Department (separate fees will be charged).
  • After all of the data are collected, your student will consult with his/her faculty. If your case is suitable for our teaching clinic, your student will develop, present and discuss treatment options with you.
  • If your case is not appropriate for our teaching clinic, you will still receive a brief explanation of your dental problems as well as options for seeking care in the School of Dentistry pre-doctoral clinic, the faculty practice or an outside practice.
  • In general, treatment will take longer to complete at the School of Dentistry teaching clinics than an outside private practice.

Fees and Insurance

Our fees are generally much less than an outside private specialist.  To maintain lower cost, we are not contracted with any insurance companies.  We are a self-pay clinic (out of pocket) and patients are set up on contracts to cover their treatment cost.  As a courtesy, the School of Dentistry Patient Billing Services will submit a claim to your insurance company when treatment is completed.  Since we are not contracted, the payment will be sent directly to you.

Clinic Location

Our street address is 1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, WA  98195.  Our clinic is located in Room B-469 on the fourth floor of the B- Wing of the Magnuson Health Sciences Center. For maps, transit and parking information, please visit our location and directions page.

Meet our Prosthodontists

Dr. Sami Dogan, Prosthodontist

Dr. DoganDr Dogan holds a DDS (1991) from Ankara University Dental School in Turkey. He is also the recipient of a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (1998) degree from the Medical University of Hannover in Germany. Dr Dogan finished his advanced training in Prosthodontics at the University of Washington. He is a certified prosthodontist and member of American College of Prosthodontists.

Dr Dogan speaks fluently English, German, and Turkish.

Dr. Mats Kronstrom, Prosthodontist

kronstromDr. Kronstrom holds a DDS from Lund University, Sweden (1980). He earned a Certificate in Prosthodontics from the Postgraduate Dental Education Center, Orebro, Sweden (1994) and a PhD in Prosthodontics from Malmo University, Sweden (1999). Dr. Kronstrom’s research specialty is in the fields of Dental Implants, Decision Making in Prosthodontics and Dental Education. His research focuses on clinical studies in Implant Dentistry in order to develop new and less expensive treatment options for edentulous patients. His practice is focused on surgical placement of implants and treatments with implant supported fixed and removable Prosthodontics as well as conventional crown and bridge. He serves as the Director for D4 Faculty Practice and Chair of the Faculty Practice Board at UW.

Dr. Xavier Lepe, Prosthodontist

lepeDr. Lepe holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1976) and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (1980) from Universidad de Guadalajara, a specialty certificate in Combined Prosthodontics (1985) and a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology (1987) from Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Ernesto Ricardo Schwedhelm, Prosthodontist

schwedhelmDr. Schwedhelm received his DDS at the Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico in 1978. From Indiana University, he received an MSD (1983), Certificate of Fixed and Removable Partial Prosthodontics (1983) and a Certificate of Removable Prosthodontics, also in 1983. The national Dental Examining Board of Canada certified him for practice in August of 1983. He completed a Fellowship in Prosthodontics at the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in 1995 and a Certificate of Prosthodontics from the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia in 1997.

Dr. Hai Zhang, Prosthodontist

Dr. ZhangDr. Zhang received a DMD from West China University of Medical Sciences (1992), a PhD in Oral Biology (2002) and a Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Connecticut (2002). Dr. Zhang is a board certified Prosthodontist and a Fellow in American College of Prosthodontists (FACP). Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the interim Director of Graduate Prosthodontics program. He holds a general dental license in the state of Washington. His practice is primarily focused on Prosthodontic procedures (dental implants, crowns and bridges, cosmetic veneers, removable partial and complete dentures) in addition to general dentistry.