WookJin Seong, DDS, MS, PhD, FACP

Associate Professor
WookJin Seong, DDS, MS, PhD, FACP


Office Address

9-470 Moos Tower 515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Department of Restorative Sciences,
Division of Prosthodontics


Associate Professor


PhD, University of Minnesota
Major: Oral Biology and Biomedical Engineering

MS, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Major: Dentistry, Dental Impla

DDS, Seoul National University, College of Dentistry
Major: Dentistry

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Dr. Wook-Jin Seong is an Associate Professor, a tenured faculty in the Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota. He started his academic career as an Assistant Professor in 1999 and has successfully completed his specialty board certification process from the American Board of Prosthodontics in Feb. of 2000. He is currently responsible for undergraduate implant prosthodontics preclinical and clinical instructions as well as graduate seminar and clinical instructions and serves as division director.

Dr. Seong has earned his Masters in Science degree in the area of dental implants in 2000. His continued interests in implants made him further pursue his Ph.D. degree in oral biology. He earned his Ph.D. in the area of biomechanics with oral biology major and biomedical engineering minor. His research area covered nano-indentation technique on biologic tissue and materials, implant stability measurements, and healing bone-implant interface characterization. Upon completion of his PhD in 2006, his research expanded to the area of bone stimulation, dental implant bone cement & polymer-CNT bone scaffold developments, and clinical trials and animal studies.

Dr. Seong is participating in several subcommittees on research, clinic, and curriculum in an effort of making school-wide strategic planning successful. Dr. Seong also serves public by practicing prosthodontics including dental implants in faculty practice clinic (612-626-3233) located at dental school.

Research Summary

Mechanical properties of jaw bone using various techniques including nano-indentation; Fiber reinforced bone cement development; Quantification of bone density using various diagnostic tools; Implant stability measurement tests and bone/implant interface analyses; Animal study and clinical trials on dental implants and bone replacement materials; Device fabrication using MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems); Dental materials/ Prosthodontics study

Teaching Summary

Div. of Prosthodontics - Assistant Professor - 1990-2000 - Teaching
Univ. of Minnesota

Div. of Prosthodontics - Asso. Clin. Spec. - 2000-2006 - Teaching
Univ. of Minnesota

Div. of Prosthodontics - Assistant Professor - 2006-2012 - Teaching
Univ. of Minnesota

Div. of Prosthodontics - Associate Professor 2012-Present - Teaching
Univ. of Minnesota

* DDS 6491/6492 Implant Prosthodontics Lecture/Laboratory, course director
* Dent 8101 Dental Implantology
* Pros 7200 Advance Prosthodontics Clinic
* Pros 7210 Advanced Technical Restorative Dentistry – Implant

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Prosthodontic Residency, Residency
University of Minnesota

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Evaluation of Initial Implant Stability of Posterior Max
Principal Investigator: Seong, WookJin
Sponsoring Organization: ASTRA TECH INC
Award Dates: 2010 - 2020

Award: The Effect of Surgical Guide Design and Surgeon's Experi
Principal Investigator: Seong, WookJin
Award Dates: 2009 - 2010