Tom J. Hilton, DMD, MS

Name Thomas J. Hilton, DMD, MS
Title Alumni Centennial Professor in Operative Dentistry
Office CLSB 10N068
Phone (503) 494-8672


Undergraduate Bucknell University, BA (Chemistry)
Dental School University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, DMD
Postgraduate Training USAF Two-Year AEGD, Certificate
OHSU School of Dentistry, MS (Biomaterials and Biomechanics)
American Board of General Dentistry, Board Certification,
Additional Information Previous Positions
  • Director, USAF Dental Investigation Service 1996-1999

  • Co-director, USAF 2-year AEGD residency, Wilford Hall Medical Center 1990-1995

Areas of interest
  • Practice-based clinical dental research to provide data that informs the evidence-basis for dental practice
  • Laboratory and clinical investigations regarding initiation and progression of cracks in teeth
  • Laboratory and clinical evaluation of factors affecting the performance of dental composites and adhesives.
Selected Recent Publications


Hilton TJ, Ferracane JL, Broome J. Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry: A Contemporary Approach (Fourth edition). Quintessence Publishing Co, Carol Stream (2013).

Summitt JB, Robbins JW, Hilton TJ, Schwartz RS. Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry: A Contemporary Approach (Third edition). Quintessence Publishing Co, Carol Stream (2006).

Recent articles

DaCosta 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 37:333-339 (2012).

Donovan T, Anderson M, Becker W, Cagna D, Hilton T, McKee J, Metz, J. Annual review of selected scientific literature: report of the committee on scientific investigation of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. J Prosthet Dent 107:15-50 (2012).

Botello-Harbaum M, Demko C, Curro F, Rindal B, Collie D, Gilbert G, Hilton T, Craig R, Wu J, Funkhouser E, Lehman M, McBride R, Thompson V, Lindblad A. Practitioners in Three Practice-Based Research Networks.  J Dental Ed 77:152-160m (2013).

Hilton T, Ferracane J, Mancl L. Comparison of CaOH with MTA for Direct Pulp Capping: A PBRN Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Dental Research 92(7S):16-22 (Supplement 1); DOI: 10.1177/0022034513484336 (2013).

Khyostenko D, Mitchell J, Hilton T, Ferracane J, Kruzic J. Mechanical Performance of novel bioactive glass containing dental restorative composites. Dent Mater 29:1139-1148 (2013).

Wynne E. Norton, Ellen Funkhouser, Sonia K. Makhija, Valeria V. Gordan, James D. Bader, D, Brad Rindal, Daniel J. Pihlstrom, Thomas J. Hilton, Julie Frantsve-Hawley, Gregg H. Gilbert, and The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network Collaborative Group. Concordance between clinical practice and published evidence: Findings from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. JADA; 145:22-31 doi:10.14219/jada.2013.21 (2014).

Ferracane JL, Hilton TJ. Polymerization stress – Is it clinically meaningful? Dent Mater doi:10.1016/ (epub in advance of hardcopy)(2015)