The primary mission of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics is to provide these components of the education needed for competent oral health care professionals for Texas. The Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics focuses on teaching and patient care in the areas of biomaterials and biomimetics, dental anatomy, occlusion, operative dentistry, esthetic dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, dental materials, occlusion and dental implantology. Research conducted by the department aims to augment the body of knowledge through clinical, translational and materials research for the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. Through community service activities, the department participates in continuing dental education courses and professional organizations, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Goals of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
- To educate dental students and postdoctoral students in the study of biomaterials and biomimetics, dental anatomy, operative dentistry, and esthetic dentistry.
- To educate dental students and postdoctoral students in the study of prosthodontics, occlusion and clinical applications of biomaterials with emphasis on detection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
- To participate in clinical, translational and material science research in an interdisciplinary environment within the School of Dentistry and the Texas Medical Center.
- To develop continuing education programs at the local, state, national and international levels in the areas of prosthodontics, occlusion, biomaterials, esthetic dentistry, and implantology.
- To provide high quality care through the supervision of students and participation in the School of Dentistry’s faculty practice, UT Dentists.
The development of biomaterials curriculum and research.