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Academic Departments

Endodontics Heading link

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Department of Endodontics

The Department of Endodontics aspires to be one of the top clinical endodontic training programs in the world, while actively engaging our residents in important clinical and translational research. The department has responsibility for educational and research programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education levels. An accredited program at the postdoctoral level is available for qualified students wishing to become specialists in endodontics.

Oral Biology Heading link

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Department of Oral Biology

Research in the Department of Oral Biology encompasses all aspects of oral biology: cell and molecular biology of tissues of the oral cavity, signal transduction, biomineralization, genomics, tissue engineering of oral structures, applied clinical research, AIDS research, oral microbiology and cariology, functional anatomy, and evolutionary biology. The Department of Oral Biology laboratories provide an exciting environment for new discoveries in many areas of oral biology. Annual departmental funding approaches $2 Million per year. Funding sources include the National Institutes of Health (more than 50% from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research) and the National Science Foundation.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Heading link

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is responsible for the didactic and clinical instruction in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Local Anesthesia and Pain Control for the undergraduate dental students. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery also offers a full- and expanded-scope postgraduate residency training program for 48 months (OMFS Certificate only program) and 72 months (OMFS-MD-integrated program).

Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences Heading link

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Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences performs multiple functions within the College of Dentistry. Faculty in the department teach in the DMD program, the Advanced Standing Program, and the MS in Oral Sciences program, and the clinical specialty training programs. There are active clinical and research programs closely linked to the oral cancer research initiatives in the Cancer Center, and studies in oral manifestations of systemic disease.

Orthodontics Heading link

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Department of Orthodontics

The UIC Department of Orthodontics was founded in 1929 with the goal of offering graduate study in orthodontics. Since its inception it has been engaged in research, teaching and patient care. The graduates have contributed greatly to the development of dentistry’s oldest specialty. The Department occupies a 6000 square-foot location on the first floor of the College of Dentistry building at the University of Illinois Chicago with additional space as residents’ lab on the second floor. Facilities include a modern orthodontic clinic and clinical laboratory; reception and waiting area; computer, data-processing, and microscopy laboratory; the Brodie Library; orthodontic technique laboratory for photography, appliance construction and plaster work; seminar room; Ricketts Research and Conference Facility; faculty offices; headquarters for ESCO, the Electronic Study Club for Orthodontics; and the Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics.

Pediatric Dentistry Heading link

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry provides pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in comprehensive oral health care for pediatric patients. The Department operates a general pediatric clinic, and a specialty pediatric clinic in conjunction with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Faculty provides leadership in the field by conducting research and other scholarly activity. The mission of our two unique pediatric dental clinics reflects our belief that children deserve the best of oral health care. We offer a full spectrum of services for all children at every stage of their lives from infancy through adolescence including those with special and complex oral health needs, and patients with special developmental and behavioral care needs.

Periodontics Heading link

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Department of Periodontics

The Department of Periodontics provides instruction and clinical experience dealing with the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the periodontium in adults. This includes surgical placement of implants and implant maintenance. Programs are conducted by experienced faculty at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels and in continuing education for dental professionals. The postdoctoral program is a 33-month clinical specialty training agenda leading to a Certificate of Proficiency in Periodontics and a research experience that can lead to an MS degree. The Departmental goal is to provide the predoctoral and postdoctoral student with a strong educational foundation in periodontology for their future careers in Dentistry and to contribute new knowledge through basic and clinical research in Periodontics. Learn more about our faculty, research staff, students, and Periodontal program.

Restorative Dentistry Heading link

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Department of Restorative Dentistry

​The Department of Restorative Dentistry consists of more than 60 part and full-time faculty, as well as staff.  We are engaged in ongoing curriculum reform and the integration of emerging technologies and research into our educational and patient care environments. We are well recognized for our Evidence-based Dentistry training programs, and have integrated EBD education into our predoctoral and advanced training programs. The Department supports the patient care and educational programs associated with the Predoctoral and Advanced Educational Programs of the College of Dentistry. This includes the predoctoral digital dentistry, implant program, fixed partial dentures, operative dentistry, removable prosthodontics, occlusion, and biomaterials, as well as numerous collaborative efforts.  Restorative Dentistry  research, partially funded by NIDR, is focused on three core areas:

  • Hard Tissue, Biomaterials and Translational Research
  • Clinical – Patient Care Outcomes Research
  • Educational Research