Departments

The School of Dental Medicine includes the clinical Departments of Dental Anesthesiology, Dental Public Health and Community Outreach, Diagnostic Sciences, Oral Biology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Preventative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, and Restorative and Comprehensive Care.  Our clincial departments utilize the most advanced dental medical science available to educate students and residents  and to provide our patients with the highest quality care.

Dental anesthesiology is the discipline in dentistry that manages pain and anxiety through the use of local anesthesia, sedation, and general anesthesia. In the United States, more patients experience local, sedation or general anesthesia at the dentist’s office than anywhere else in the health care system. The Department of Dental Anesthesiology is committed to maximizing patient comfort and safety by employing state-of-the-art outpatient anesthesia techniques. The department educates graduate, predoctoral, and dental hygiene and graduate students in the management of pain, fear, and anxiety associated with dental treatment.

The Department of Dental Public Health provides education to predoctoral students and residents, and has be recognized for marked increases in research productivity, as well as nationally recognized community service. The curriculum in the department supports the school’s mission to seee that students are prepared for the practice of dentistry throughout the 21st century by stressing critical thinking, evidence-based care, and clinical competence. The SCOPE program is managed and facilitated by the department.

The Department of Diagnostic Sciences provides a critical link between basic science and clinical dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, through the combined areas of oral radiology and oral pathology, to diagnose oral diseases and to develop treatment plans. The department educates graduate, predoctoral and dental hygiene students and provides services to patients and clinicians in the fields of oral radiology, oral pathology/oral medicine, and dental emergencies, as well as biopsy and imaging services to private oral health care providers in the area. The department supports a three-year Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Residency Program through the UPMC Department of Dental Medicine.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry that is commonly known for the treatment of wisdom teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder, and corrective jaw surgery. However, oral and maxillofacial surgeons contribute to a much broader scope of practice, including cleft and craniofacial disorders, oral cancer, jaw reconstruction, snoring and sleep apnea, dental implants, and facial cosmetic surgery. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery educates predoctoral students and residents, and offers several programs for the study of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including residency and fellowship programs, as well as internship and externship opportunities.. The department is committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients in both an ambulatory and an inpatient setting.

The Department of Oral Biology provides predoctoral, resident, and dental hygiene students with an educational foundation in the basic sciences including instruction in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, systemic and oral tissues, embryology and developmental biology, nutrition, systemic and head and neck gross anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, and genetics. The department utilizes active learning, challenging faculty to develop innovative ways to present increasing amounts of information in a fashion that will encourage students to remain lifelong learners. The department offers master’s of science and doctoral degrees in oral biology.

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is the area of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, supervision, guidance and correction of malocclusions, and the correction of these and other abnormalities. The Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics offers a residency program with a comprehensive curriculum to prepare graduates for practice in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Predoctoral students rotate through the department’s clinic for exposure to the specialty including opportunities to work alongside residents to identify orthodontic problems and the criteria for patient referrals.

Periodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the gingiva, (“gums”) and other surrounding tissues. A periodontist also maintains the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues. The Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry educates graduate and predoctoral students to perform the entire spectrum of periodontal procedures, and to replace missing teeth with implants. The department offers a three-year residency program leading to a certificate with the option of completing a master’s degree.

The Dental Hygiene Program is part of the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry, and is the only dental hygiene program in Pennsylvania that is affiliated with a major university, dental school and major medical center.

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that treats patients with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues to obtain optimal oral health and esthetics using dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns, and teeth whitening. A prosthodontist can improve the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of a patient. The Department of Prosthodontics educates graduate and predoctoral students and provides prosthodontic care for patients. Residents in the Graduate Program of Advanced Prosthodontics manage the care of all patients requiring moderate to complex oral rehabilitative treatments. In addition, the department furthers the scholarly activities through faculty and residents’ research.

The Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care supports the education of predoctoral students. The department also provides the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program (AEGD) . The Simulation Clinic and Comprehensive Care Modules (CCM) for the clinical care of adult patients are managed by the department and support the clinical component of the First Professional DMD Program curriculum.