The Department of Restorative Dentistry is the largest and most comprehensive unit in the School of Dental Medicine. It is composed of the Division of Operative Dentistry and the Division of Prosthodontics and has the responsibility for the preclinical and clinical programs in Restorative Dentistry, the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (A.E.G.D.) and the Postdoctoral Program in Advanced Prosthodontics. Operative Dentistry focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases to the teeth (fillings). Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry that deals with restoring severely broken down teeth (crowns and bridges) or restoring the dentition on individuals who have permanently lost their teeth (complete dentures or removable partial dentures).
The Department of Restorative Dentistry is committed to the School’s mission to continue to improve the well-being and oral health of the people through its teaching, service, and research missions. We meet this goal by: (a) providing an stimulating environment to educate dental students, graduate students, residents, dentists, and other dental professionals; (b) providing direct comprehensive restorative clinical services; (c) conducting oral health research and other scholarly activity and (d) the development of future leaders of the profession in education, research and organized dentistry.
An additional goal of the department is to assure that the next generation of dentists will excel and be life-long learners who are prepared to provide excellent prevention and general dentistry by providing patient centered comprehensive dental care for the community services upon graduation.