The Department of Restorative Dentistry is represented by the Divisions of Biomaterials and Biomechanics, Operative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. It is responsible for clinical, basic and applied science instruction in dental materials, operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, and removable prosthodontics to predoctoral dental students and advanced students in dental graduate or certificate programs. A number of faculty members participate in the University’s Ph.D. graduate training programs and collaborate in research projects with faculty in the OGI School of Science and Technology, School of Medicine and OHSU research institutes. Faculty members in this department serve on national, regional, university, dental school, and departmental committees having to do with education, research and patient care, and routinely present continuing dental education programs both nationally and internationally.
The Department of Restorative Dentistry has three major goals that are consistent with the mission of the School of Dentistry. The Educational Goal of the department is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and contemporary information in the specific areas of dental materials, operative dentistry and prosthodontics to OHSU students in the School of Dentistry and other units. The Research Goal of the department is to contribute to and advance the science of restorative dentistry through the conduct of high quality, innovative and important research projects, and to disseminate the results of this work through publication in peer-reviewed journals of good quality and through presentations at national and international meetings. The Service Goal of the department is to participate in faculty governance, and curriculum and faculty development, to provide patient care of the highest quality, and to provide educational experiences to dental practitioners both regionally and nationally through excellent continuing education programs.