Welcome to Restorative Dentistry. The Department of Restorative Dentistry is represented by the disciplines 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, removable prosthodontics, and restoration of dental implants 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 other schools within the university, as well as at other universities around the world. 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.


Restorative Dentistry Teaching

The Department plays a very large role in the education of the future dentists in the state of Oregon and in nearby states.It is responsible for roughly 35% of the entire didactic predoctoral dental curriculum.Every year, department faculty teach and direct over 50 pre-clinical and clinical courses, and have contact with each class during each quarter of their entire dental school career in lecture, laboratory or clinical situations. Clinical faculty are also involved in training experiences for residents in the clinical graduate programs.


Restorative Dentistry Research

The Department has active basic and applied research programs in the areas of adhesives, dental amalgam, dental composites, dental implants, polymer mechanics, polymer synthesis, and tissue engineering. In the past academic year, department faculty published more than 20 papers in scientific journals, with total grant support of nearly $1M from outside funding agencies, such as the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health, and private foundations and industry.Department faculty participate in research training on several levels: through the training of high school, undergraduate and dental students, through the training of advanced education students at the certificate and M.S. levels in the dental school, through the M.S./Ph.D. program of the Division of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Medicine; and through accepting and supporting foreign Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in department research activities.


Alumni (M.S. in Dental Materials Science/Biomaterials and Biomechanics)

Dr. Fred Sorensen, 1963

Dr. Arthur Aplin, 1964

Dr. Wiliam Richter, 1964

Dr. Jack Mitchem, 1995

Dr. Bruce Ady, 1966 

Dr. Gordon Vincent, 1969 

Dr. Maury Riesbick, 1970 

Dr. Kraig Vandewalle, 2002 

Dr. Thomas Hilton, 2003