School of Dentistry Alumnus and Adjunct Professor Elected ADA’s Second Vice President
George Lewis Mitchell Jr., DMD, a UAB School of Dentistry alumnus and adjunct professor and practicing dentist in Gadsden, Alabama, was recently elected second vice president of the American Dental Association. Mitchell’s election took place during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Denver, Colorado.
As a member of the ADA Board, Mitchell will play a major role in the ADA’s efforts to be America’s leading advocate for oral health. He has been president of both the Alabama Dental Association and the Alabama Academy of General Dentistry.
Mitchell earned a DMD degree from the UAB School of Dentistry and has been in private practice since 1975. Since 2011, he has helped train the next generation of dentists as an adjunct associate professor at UAB.
New Cavity Treatment Offers No Drilling, No Filling
A new clinical trial at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry is offering patients with cavities in between teeth a new, less painful treatment option.
The new treatment, called resin infiltration, is a way to treat small cavities in between teeth. Normally, the only way to access these cavities is by numbing a patient with a shot and drilling away tooth structure to access the cavity. Resin infiltration allows the dentist to slide a plastic perforated sheet between the teeth with the cavities.
Reddy Named First Holder of Alumni Association Endowed Professorship
The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama named Michael S. Reddy, DMD, DMSc, first holder of The University of Alabama School of Dentistry Alumni Association Endowed Professorship.
Reddy, who joined UAB in 1989, attended the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine where he earned his DMD degree, Certificate of Periodontology, and Doctorate of Medical Sciences Degree in Oral Biology. At UAB, he has served as Assistant Dean for Planning and Clinical Activity and Chair of the Department of Periodontology. In 2011, he was named Interim Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry and in March of 2012 was named the eighth Dean.
School of Dentistry Ranks First in NIDCR Funding for Fifth Straight Year
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Dentistry is ranked first again in National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The school has ranked first since 2012. The NIDCR reports more than $11 million in research funding was awarded to UAB in 2016.
“Our success stems from a robust emphasis on research within our strategic plan, specifically focused on four themes: biomaterials science/biomimetics, infection/host response, craniofacial development/genetics, and implementation science/clinical outcomes research,” said Michael S. Reddy, DMD, dean of the UAB School of Dentistry. “Building on that critical mass and developing additional themes will be a way to move forward in the future.”
The NIDCR is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on dental, oral and craniofacial health and disease, and is the nation’s leading funder of these areas. The NIDCR is one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The NIDCR accounts for approximately half of the School of Dentitstry's funding.
New Braces Clinical Trial Sheds Metal Brackets
The use of terms like “metal mouth” and “brace face” may soon be a thing of the past.
A new clinical trial at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry is recruiting participants for a new braces treatment that uses pulsating air to correct crowding in teeth. The treatment, called Aerodentis, applies pulsating air through a mouthpiece connected to a small console to move teeth gradually into the desired position and occlusion.