School of Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry at OHSU

SoD Vaccine Team December 2020

The Department of Restorative Dentistry includes biomaterials, operative dentistry, implant dentistry, esthetic dentistry, and prosthodontics. Full- and part-time faculty members guide the development of student doctors in the classroom and in clinics through instruction and hands-on learning. Our faculty are involved in clinical research, either at the OHSU School of Dentistry or through external organizations. Many faculty members treat patients in the OHSU Dental Clinics.

Get to know our Restorative Department Faculty.  Click HERE

NEED A VACCINE?  Our Restorative Dentistry faculty are trained!  In a coordinated effort, Mark Miller, DMD, Mary Pat Califano, BSN, and our great Continuing Education staff have trained 10 dentists and one hygienist to deliver the Covid19 Vaccine.  

Restorative Dentistry News

Carmem Pfeifer, DDS, PhD

Dr. Carmem Pfeifer has been named Associate Editor for the Journal of Dental Research.    Members of the AADR have elected Carmem Pfeifer as AADR Representative to the AADR Publications Committee!  Dr. Pfeifer's term will commence at the conclusion of IADR2021 on July 21-24, 2021.

Luiz Bertassoni Innovator Spotlight
Luiz Bertassoni, Ph.D.

Dr. Luiz Bertassoni and the SOD has been nominated and awarded the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award.  The award recognizes an early-career investigator who shows exceptional promise in biomedical research.  This individual must be within seven years of completing clinical and/or post-doctoral training and will be judged on the basis of independence, quality of science, national funding and first or senior authored publications in peer-reviewed biomedical research journals.  The recipient will receive a cash award of $3,000 and a commemorative award.

JADA Foundational Science

Jack Ferracane, Ph.D., chair of restorative dentistry, School of Dentistry, has been named the Editor-in-Chief for a new scientific journal published by the ADA and Elsevier entitled JADA Foundational Science. The American Dental Association currently published the journal JADA, which pertains more to clinical dentistry. The new online only, open access journal will focus more on basic and translational original research in chemistry, biology, materials, engineering and technology that is related to oral and craniofacial health.

Despoina Bompolaki,D.D.S., M.S.
Despoina Bompolaki,D.D.S., M.S.

Despoina Bompolaki, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P.
Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Despoina Bompolaki, Associate Professor at the Department of Restorative Dentistry, and her team shared their findings on the clinical outcomes of implant restorations that have been completed by our OHSU predoctoral students in the last decade. For the complete article that was published in the Journal of Prosthodontics, click here.

The same team investigated the effects of interproximal contact loss that occurs between implants and adjacent natural teeth, a topic of high interest in the field of Implant Dentistry. Their work was published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Read the full article here.

These projects were partially funded by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Jens Kreth Ph.D.
Jens Kreth Ph.D.

Project Title: Streptococcal secretion of pyruvate – a novel antioxidant strategy in the oral biofilm
PI: Jens Kreth
Effort: 25% (3 Calendar Months)
Funding Agency: NIH
Grant Number: 1R21DE029612
Project Dates: September 2020 – August 2022

Project Title: Pyruvate oxidase: a molecular determinant of commensalism among the oral microbiome
PI: Jens Kreth
Effort: 25% (3 Calendar Months); Funding Agency: NIH
Grant Number: R01DE029492
Project Dates: April 2020 – March 2025

Justin L. Merritt Ph.D.
Justin L. Merritt Ph.D.
  • Appointed member of the Oral Dental and Craniofacial Sciences (ODCS) study section at the NIH. This is the study section that reviews all of the dental R01 and R21 grants for the NIH. Term runs through 2023.
  • Guest presenter at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Lecture entitled: "From stimulus to response: How Streptotoccus mutans coordinates environmental stress perception with structural remodeling of extant biofilms."