University of Illinois At Chicago UIC College of Dentistry

Comprehensive, personalized dental care services - with the choice of care provided by students, graduate specialists or faculty - all in one place.
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World-class academic programs to prepare the next-generation of oral health professionals, including DMD, PhD and Advanced Specialty Training.
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Innovative basic and translational oral science investigations to advance knowledge and improve health.
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Research Themes

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Craniofacial Pathobiology

Working to improve treatment of oral cancer, caries, peridontal and other oral diseases. We are leading interdisciplinary investigations in the development and function of the craniofacial complex to better understand processes that occur within cells and tissues to maintain health and control growth and development.

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Regenerative Science

Moving beyond tissue replacement, using materials to enable our bodies to regenerate damaged and failing tissues. Our researchers are leading investigations into how materials interact with living tissues, and the building of tissue replacements for the growth of cells/tissues to replace lost tissues. The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration (CWHTR) is a unique community of scientists and clinicians devoted to the study of injury, wound healing, and regeneration. The Laboratory of Applied Dental Biomaterials and Interfaces is a NIH funded center studying the properties of the tooth in order to develop reparative/regenerative biomaterials to replace lost tooth structure.

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Clinical, Translational & Community Research

Leading transformative studies to improve oral health outcomes both in the clinic and the community. We have several centers and investigators focused on the study of the incidence and prevalence of disease; measuring outcomes of interventions; and safety and efficacy of drugs, devices, and treatments in individuals. We are also investigating how and why efforts to promote oral health through intervention are accepted by communities. 

College Smiles

Fighting Oral Cancer with the Power of Machine Learning
University of Illinois oral medicine experts and computer scientists are teaming up to harness the power of big data to change the landscape of oral cancer prevention. To do this, they are combining the latest advances in machine learning with one of the oldest functional food products in the world: green tea.
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Annette Merkel, a dual degree (DMD-PhD) College of Dentistry student in the MOST (Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training) program, has received a competitive National Institutes of Health F30 award through the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
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Dr. Roshan Parikh, and his Chicagoland Smile Group is giving back with Mission: Veteran Smiles, a community health initiative focused on members of the Armed Forces. With help from UIC volunteers, they recently provided over 300 veterans with free dental care.
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Several dental students at UIC have expanded their horizons through international rotations offered at UIC. Here are experiences shared by three students who recently served patients in the rural highlands of Guatemala.
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The UIC College of Dentistry recently received a grant from the International College of Dentists (ICD) to support travel expenses of seven students to perform extramural rotations at Salud y Paz in Guatemala or Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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    globe-icon_0.pngWe graduate more new dental professionals than any other institution in IL. We are also the largest dental care provider in IL, serving over 30 thousand patients annually. We have over 430 students seeking dental degrees including DMD, PhD and MS programs.


    diploma-icon1_0.pngOur students regularly achieve a 100% pass rate on board exams, and perform significantly higher than national average on the basic science and clinical science exams.


    microscope-icon1_1.PNGWe are a level-1 research institution, with more than 40 faculty performing research and funding of over $5 million annually. We are one of only 15 out of 70 institutions with DMD/PhD or PhD training grants from the NIDCR.

Upcoming Events

Jun 01 to Jun 30
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Are you ready to step up and take the College’s Stepping out for Wellness Challenge?  Throughout the month of June, the College will begin its very first step challenge as part of the College’s Wellness Wednesdays Initiative.  ...

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Jun 22
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
UIC College of Dentistry

Join the UIC Office of Student and Diversity Affairs and College of Dentistry community for a Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion series titled: Words Matter. Words Matter! is designed and presented by...

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Repeats every 2 weeks every Friday 2 times.
Jun 22, Jul 06
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Lecture Hall North

Words Matter is designed and presented by the UIC Office of Diversity to raise awareness about the power of language as well as offer opportunities for UIC to engage with the concept of inclusive language and its connection to identities,...

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Jun 24
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Help represent UIC’s Health Sciences Colleges and UI Health System in the 49th annual Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24th to let Chicago know who we...

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