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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

The CAD/CAM Champion

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Jenny Son DDS ’10, PROS ’14


Jenny Son always thought about teaching, but it was during one course in particular — anterior and posterior fixed prosthodontics — that she decided to make it a career goal. 

“I was impressed by the knowledge and skills of the faculty, and the transference of that knowledge was so gratifying,” Son says.

Son has been a faculty member since 2014. As assistant professor of clinical dentistry, she teaches both Ostrow students and residents alike. 

“The education I received at Ostrow and the training in prosthodontics enables me to teach in all levels and areas of dentistry, and I really enjoy the variation,” she says.

With her academic career in full bloom, Son has set a new goal: She is working with George Cho DDS ’87, PROS ’90 to incorporate computer technology into implant dentistry.

“Our goal is to have all our students place implants by utilizing the computer-guided implant surgery system,” Son says.

Using a patient’s CT scan, which provides 3-D information on the jaw bone, overlapped with a 3-D image of the patient’s mouth, students can predictably plan for the ideal placement of a dental implant.

“The benefit is that it enables students to visualize the location and position of implants as well as bone and other anatomical structures before performing the actual surgery,” Son says. 

Perhaps the greatest advantage is that with computer assistance, procedures are extremely precise.

Ostrow has set a goal to have its DDS students place at least one implant before graduating.  

Son hopes the student’s experience at Ostrow inspires them to make the profession better. 

“I want our students to become adept clinicians and lifelong learners who invest their time and efforts to improving the dental care of patients, community health and education,” she says.

“I hope they use their careers to enhance the field of dentistry — not only in terms of providing treatment, but also in advancing techniques and technologies.”

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This story originally appeared in the TroDent, the official publication for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Read more stories like this in our Spring 2018 issue.


Posted May 2018