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About the School

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Founded in 1905, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston was the first dental school in Texas and was a founding institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. The school continues to lead dental education today as part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).

Our Vision
“Improving Oral Health … Improving Overall Health”

Our Mission
“To improve human health by providing high-quality education, patient care, service, and research in oral health for Texas, the nation, and the world.”



  • Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences

    With its eclectic blend of specialists, generalists, clinicians and basic scientists, the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences is focused on teaching and patient care in the areas of oral examination and diagnosis, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology and treatment planning. The department is also dedicated to discovering new information through clinical, translational and basic science research for the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

    We currently offer a 3 year Advanced Education Program/Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

    An OMFP Preceptor Program is available for dentists who have attained a significant level of oral and maxillofacial pathology training/experience at institutions outside the U.S., and who wish to improve or sharpen their pathology/histopathology diagnostic skills.

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  • Endodontics

    The Department of Endodontics teaches biology of the normal pulp; the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp; and associated periradicular conditions.

    UTSD’s endodontic clinic was the first in the country equipped with microscopes for every student and is outfitted with a dedicated cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) unit along with all of the necessary equipment for state-of-the-art endodontic therapy.

    The department’s 26-month Advanced Education Program in Endodontics leads to a certificate in Endodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree.

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  • General Practice and Dental Public Health

    UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry’s largest department, General Practice and Dental Public Health, teaches behavioral sciences, general dentistry, community dentistry, preventive dentistry, operative dentistry, patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as practice relations and management.

    In addition to five undergraduate DDS program clinics, this department also staffs the Special Patient Clinic, the Urgent Care Clinic, the Assessment Clinic, the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Clinic, two mobile dental vans, and the Treatment Planning Clinic.

    The department also offers two postgraduate certificate programs: General Practice Residency and Advanced Education in General Dentistry. A one-year, noncredit preceptorship is also available in either program.

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  • Katz Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

    The Bernard and Gloria Pepper Katz Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery educates undergraduate students and residents in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and outpatient anesthesiology. The department offers a Residency Program, Internship Program, and an Externship Program. The residency program prepares practitioners to treat both benign and malignant diseases, injuries, and acquired and congenital defects of the oral and maxillofacial region. Treatment emphasizes the restoration of function and esthetics.

    The UTHealth Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program is the largest in the nation, based in the world's largest medical center, and is the only training program in Houston — the fourth-largest city in the U.S. As a result, the scope of training is broad and surgical experience considerable.

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  • Orthodontics

    The Department of Orthodontics teaches students and residents how to deal with skeletal and dental discrepancies (malocclusions) caused by genetic and environmental factors. Malocclusions may present on a wide scale— from minor tooth irregularity to severe malformation of the jaws. Orthodontics also involves managing and treating skeletal, dental and soft-tissue growth of the face and jaws.

    The Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics is a 26-month graduate program leading to a certificate and optional master’s degree.

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  • Pediatric Dentistry

    The Department of Pediatric Dentistry educates dental students and residents to provide comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, including those with special health needs. Instruction covers childhood growth and development, psychology, disease etiology, and behavior guidance.

    UTSD offers pediatric specialty treatment that includes comprehensive prevention and treatment of dental disease, interceptive orthodontics, and both basic and advanced behavior management techniques including the use of nitrous oxide, minimal to moderate “conscious” sedation, intravenous deep sedation in a clinical setting and general anesthesia in a hospital setting.

    The department offers a two-year Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry leading to a certificate with an optional Master of Science in Dentistry degree. A one-year, noncredit Preceptorship Program is also available.

    Students, residents and preceptors work alongside with the faculty and help provide care to the children with the goal of easing fear, improving communication and laying the foundation for lifelong oral health.

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  • Periodontics and Dental Hygiene

    The Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene prepares students to care for the tissues that surround and support the teeth, including the gums, bone of the jaw, and the ligaments and substances that hold the teeth in place.

    The Advanced Education Program in Periodontics is a 36-month graduate program leading to a master’s degree. Six-month or one-year Preceptorships in Periodontics are also available.

    Dental Hygiene Program

    The Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene offers the fully accredited, two-year Dental Hygiene Program leading to either a post-degree certificate or Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. UTSD is the only Houston-area school offering a BSDH.

    For dental hygienists who earned their certificates at UTSD, an online degree-completion program is available.

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  • Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics

    The Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics educates students in preclinical operative dentistry, dental anatomy, occlusion, biomaterials, esthetics and clinical restorative and esthetic dentistry, as well as fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics. The department is also home to the Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics.

    The three-year Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics provides specialty training in removable, fixed, implant and maxillofacial prosthodontics. A one-year Prosthodontics Preceptorship is also available.

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About The Dean

John A. Valenza, DDS

With a background in hospital dentistry, private practice and both clinical and didactic teaching, John A. Valenza, DDS ’81, is the first graduate of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston to serve as dean since the school opened in 1905. He is also the School of Dentistry's first dean to use Twitter to share news and comment on daily life at the dental school. Follow him at

Under Valenza’s leadership, the School of Dentistry built and moved into a new, 300,000-square foot facility in 2012 — a triumph of planning and teamwork that created a superior setting for dental education, research, patient care, and service.

For the native Houstonian, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, and an example of what he likes best about being dean. “It’s feeling like you’re making a difference,” said Valenza, who is a distinguished teaching professor and member of the prestigious University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, MD Academy of Health Science Educators.

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  • School of Dentistry Careers

    School of Dentistry Careers

    Interested in joining our team? Check the many job opportunities for faculty and staff employment at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry.

  • Careers at UTHealth Houston

    Careers at UTHealth Houston

    Want to expand outside of the School of Dentistry? View jobs listed for all of the schools and facilities in the UTHealth Houston network.

  • Dental Careers

    Dental Careers

    Ready to work in a dental practice? Search career opportunities available throughout our community and nation. Many listings are ideal for graduating DDS and dental hygiene students.

  • Dental Careers - Academic

    Dental Careers - Academic

    Search for faculty career opportunities at UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry, as well notices shared by other U.S. or Canadian dental schools.


UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry and Project ECHO® Telementoring

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Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a free partnership that connects rural and underserved community health care providers with dental specialists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Dentistry using teleECHO™ virtual conferencing for lectures and meetings. Through the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Project ECHO superhub, the School of Dentistry is a subhub for dental and oral health, geriatrics, and cancer screening. 

Health care providers get FREE consultation services and FREE continuing dental education credit for each session attended via UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry, without need to travel. They join a supportive peer network and learn best practices to provide better care for their patients. Project ECHO moves knowledge, not people!