Jack L. Ferracane, PhD

Name Jack Ferracane, PhD
Title Professor and Chair
Office CLSB 10N088
Phone (503) 494-4327
Email ferracan@ohsu.edu


Areas of Interest

Developing new dental composite restorative materials with enhanced durability and clinical performance through the inclusion of novel monomer and filler systems

Probing the interaction between dental composites/adhesives and oral bacteria that leads to the formation and growth of biofilm at the interface between the dental restoration and tooth structure, ultimately leading to the development of secondary caries

Developing antimicrobial and remineralizing dental materials containing bioactive glass to enhance the durability and longevity of dental restorations

Conducting clinical research in dental practices through participation in regional and national dental practice-based research networks.

Studying tooth, patient and external factors causing the initiation and progression of cracks in tooth structure, and evaluating enhanced methods for the diagnosis and risk assessment of tooth cracks

Previous Positions

July 1983 - December 1988
Associate Professor (Asst. Prof. August 1983 - July 1987)
Department of Dental Materials
Baylor College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75246


Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, September 1980 - July 1983

Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Materials 

Dissertation:  Correlation of Physical Properties to Degree of Conversion in Unfilled Bis-GMA Resins

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, September 1978 - August 1980 

Master of Science, Biological Materials 

Thesis:  The Rheology of Acrylic Bone Cements - A Comparative Study Involving Capillary and Rotational Viscometry

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, August 1975 - May 1978

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences

Minor field of study: Bioengineering

Selected Recent Publications


Materials in Dentistry:  Principles and Applications.  2nd edition.  J.B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, PA, 2001, 353 pages.

Summitt’s Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry.  A Contemporary Approach.  Fourth edition.  Edited by Thomas J. Hilton, Jack L. Ferracane, James C. Broome.  Quintessence Books, Chicago, IL, 2013, 60 pages.

Recent Articles (past 3 years)

Ferracane JL, Stansbury J, Burke FJT.  Self-adhesive resin cements – chemistry, properties and clinical considerations.  J Oral Rehabil. 38(4):295-314, 2011. PMID:21133983.

Ferracane J, Hilton T, Korpak A, Gillette J, Speed McIntyre P, Berg J.  Use of caries prevention services in the Northwest PRECEDENT dental network.  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 39(1):69-78, 2011. PMID:21114514.

Ferracane JL. Resin composite-State of the art.  Dent Mater. 27(1):29-38, 2011. PMID: 21093034.

Leprince JG, Hadis M, Shortall AC, Ferracane JL, Devaux J, Leloup G, Palin WM.  Photoinitiator type and applicability of exposure reciprocity law in filled and unfilled photoactive resins.  Dent Mater. 27(2):157-64, 2011. PMID: 21067803.

Yamamoto T, Nishide A, Swain MV, Ferracane JL, Sakaguchi RL, Momoi Y. Contraction stresses in dental composites adjacent to and at the bonded interface as measured by crack analysis. Acta Biomater. 7(1):417-23, 2011. PMID: 20691287.

Mitchell JC, Musanje L, Ferracane JL.  Biomimetic dentin desensitizer based on nano-structured bioactive glass.  Dent Mater. 27(4):386-93, 2011.  PMID:21195473.

Gonçalves F, Azevedo CL, Ferracane JL, Braga RR. BisGMA/TEGDMA ratio and filler content effects on shrinkage stress. Dent Mater. 27(6):520-6, 2011. PMID:21371746.

Lubisich EB, Hilton TJ, Ferracane JL, Pashova HI, Burton B; Northwest PRECEDENT. Association between caries location and restorative material treatment provided. J Dent. 39(4):302-8, 2011. PMID: 21256915.

Braga RR, Yamamoto T, Tyler K, Boaro LC, Ferracane JL, Swain MV.  A comparative study between crack analysis and a mechanical test for assessing the polymerization stress of restorative composites.  Dent Mater. 28(6):632-41, 2012. PMID: 22480721.

Gonçalves F, Boaro LC, Ferracane JL, Braga RR.  A comparative evaluation of polymerization stress data obtained with four different mechanical testing systems. Dent Mater. 28(6):680-6, 2012. PMID: 22456007.

Rached RN, de Souza EM, Dyer SR, Ferracane JL.  Dynamic and static strength of an implant-supported overdenture model reinforced with metal and nonmetal strengtheners. J Prosthet Dent. 106(5):297-304, 2011. PMID: 22024179.

Smith AJ, Scheven BA, Takahashi Y, Ferracane JL, Shelton RM, Cooper PR. Dentine as a bioactive extracellular matrix. Arch Oral Biol. 57(2):109-21, 2012. PMID: 21855856. 

da Costa JB, Goncalves F, Ferracane JL.  Comparison of two-step versus four-step composite finishing/polishing disc systems: evaluation of a new two-step composite polishing disc system. Oper Dent. 2011 Mar-Apr;36(2):205-12. PMID: 21702670.

Roeder L, Pereira PN, Yamamoto T, Ilie N, Armstrong S, Ferracane J.  Spotlight on bond strength testing--unraveling the complexities. Dent Mater. 27(12):1197-203, 2011. PMID: 21944280.

Schneider LF, Cavalcante LM, Prahl SA, Pfeifer CS, Ferracane JL.  Curing efficiency of dental resin composites formulated with camphorquinone or trimethylbenzoyl-diphenyl-phosphine oxide. Dent Mater. 28(4):392-7, 2012. PMID: 22188970.

da Costa J, McPharlin R, Hilton T, Ferracane J, Wang M. Comparison of Two At-home Whitening Products of Similar Peroxide Concentration and Different Delivery Methods. Oper Dent. 37(4):333-9, 2012. PMID: 22433035.

Park J, Song C, Jung J, Ahn S, Ferracane J. The Effects of Surface Roughness of Composite Resin on Biofilm Formation of Streptococcus mutans in the Presence of Saliva. Oper Dent. 37(5):532-9, 2012. PMID: 22339385.

Yamamoto T, Kubota Y, Momoi Y, Ferracane JL. Polymerization stresses in low-shrinkage dental resin composites measured by crack analysis.  Dent Mater. 28(9):e143-9, 2012. PMID:22579102.

Kwon Y, Ferracane J, Lee IB.  Effect of layering methods, composite type, and flowable liner on the polymerization shrinkage stress of light cured composites.  Dent Mater. 28(7):801-9, 2012. PMID: 22575738.

Ferracane JL.  Resin-based composite performance: are there some things we can't predict? Dent Mater. 29(1):51-8, 2013.  PMID: 22809582.

Boaro LC, Gonçalves F, Guimarães TC, Ferracane JL, Pfeifer CS, Braga RR.  Sorption, solubility, shrinkage and mechanical properties of "low-shrinkage" commercial resin composites.  Dent Mater.29(4):398-404, 2013.  PMID: 23414910.

Cho NY, Ferracane JL, Lee IB.  Acoustic emission analysis of tooth-composite interfacial debonding.  J Dent Res. 92(1):76-81, 2013.  PMID: 23100273.

Frassetto A, Navarra CO, Marchesi G, Turco G, Di Lenarda R, Breschi L, Ferracane JL, Cadenaro M. Kinetics of polymerization and contraction stress development in self-adhesive resin cements. Dent Mater. 28(9):1032-9, 2012. PMID: 22770674.

Senestraro SV, Crowe JJ, Wang M, Vo A, Huang G, Ferracane J, Covell DA Jr. Minimally invasive resin infiltration of arrested white-spot lesions: A randomized clinical trial.  J Am Dent Assoc. 144(9):997-1005, 2013.  PMID:  23989837.

Lohbauer U, Belli R, Ferracane JL.  Factors involved in mechanical fatigue degradation of dental resin composites.  J Dent Res. 92(7):584-91, 2013. PMID: 23694927.

Hilton TJ, Ferracane JL, Mancl L. Comparison of CaOH with MTA for direct pulp capping: a PBRN randomized clinical trial. Northwest Practice-based Research Collaborative in Evidence-based Dentistry (NWP). J Dent Res. 92(7 Suppl):16S-22S, 2013. PMID: 23690353. 

Ferracane JL, Cooper PR, Smith AJ.  Dentin Matrix Component Solubilization by Solutions of pH Relevant to Self-etching Dental Adhesives.  J Adhes Dent. 15(5):407-12, 2013. PMID:23560260.

Braga RR, Koplin C, Yamamoto T, Tyler K, Ferracane JL, Swain MV.  Composite polymerization stress as a function of specimen configuration assessed by crack analysis and finite element analysis.  Dent Mater. 29(10):1026-33, 2013.  PMID: 23937867.

Khvostenko D, Mitchell JC, Hilton TJ, Ferracane JL, Kruzic JJ. Mechanical performance of novel bioactive glass containing dental restorative composites. Dent Mater.  29(11):1139-48, 2013. PMID:24050766.

Ferracane J, Fisher J, Eiselé JL, Fox CH. Ensuring the Global Availability of High-quality Dental Restorative Materials. Adv Dent Res. 25(1):41-5, 2013. PMID: 24129816.

Kweon HJ, Ferracane J, Kang K, Dhont J, Lee IB. Spatio-temporal analysis of shrinkage vectors during photo-polymerization of composite.  Dent Mater. 29(12):1236-43, 2013  PMID:24135165.