School of Dentistry building.

Located within a vibrant and expansive urban campus in the heart of a leading academic medical center, UAB School of Dentistry blends the rich tradition of a school founded in 1948 with cutting-edge technology and contemporary programs and facilities.

The school is comprised of 7 academic departments and a variety of educational programs that span the major dental specialties. Guided by a comprehensive strategic plan, we promote diversity of thought and embrace a diverse faculty, staff and student body who enrich the UAB experience.

Our goal is to educate a progressive oral health workforce and advance science to optimize oral health throughout our state, the nation and the world. We offer a premier learning experience, abundant lifelong learning opportunities, and cadre of auxiliary programs supported by internationally recognized faculty and a strong network of alumni and community partners. Students are exposed to both depth and breadth of clinical experiences, while students and faculty are able to participate in both clinical and laboratory research within areas like craniofacial development/genetics, biomaterial science, oral microbiology and infection/host response, oral cancer, and clinical outcomes/implementation science. Through our comprehensive clinical operations and robust community collaborations, we provide high-quality patient care for residents of Alabama and surrounding areas.

From pioneering four-handed dentistry to revolutionizing practice-based research and leading groundbreaking discovery, we are forging the future of oral health locally and globally.

 

Departments

Clinical & Community Sciences

A key goal for the Department of Clinical and Community Sciences is to generate new knowledge to improve care in both the academic clinical setting and in the community. The department seeks to bridge research across the academic and “real world” settings. It seeks to move applications from efficacy to effectiveness. It seeks to benefit the community setting by moving knowledge from the academic setting to the community setting. It also seeks to benefit the academic setting by moving knowledge from the community setting to the academic setting.

Endodontics

The UAB Department of Endodontics is committed to providing comprehensive endodontic care through excellent patient care and evidence-based dentistry. These commitments are supported through innovative basic science and clinical research. UAB provides a comprehensive education in Endodontics.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is composed of world class surgeons with one simple goal: Pursuit of Excellence in Patient Care and Education. At UAB, we specialize in the care of patients with a wide range of deformities and diseases of the mouth, jaws and face. From cosmetic surgery to cancer care, wisdom teeth to facial prosthesis, our team provides the highest standard of surgical care for all patients.

Orthodontics

The department is known for our outstanding graduate programming, clinical training and research. Our objective is the education of excellent, ethical, compassionate, and versatile practitioners in the art and science of orthodontics. The program also provides a basis for graduates to pursue an academic career if they so desire.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is a specialty of an age group rather than a specific technique; therefore, extensive knowledge concerning normal growth and development, behavior management, and all phases of prevention-oriented dentistry in healthy and compromised patients is required. The programs in Pediatric Dentistry help prepare students for careers in community practice and/or academics and board certification status in pediatric dentistry.

Periodontology

The Department of Periodontology provides didactic and clinical instruction at the pre- and post-doctoral levels. Our well-qualified and passionate faculty are committed to optimizing the overall health of our patients and the community through superior periodontal care, education, and outreach. We work to do so through innovative programs in teaching, patient care and research.

Restorative Sciences

The department seeks to promote excellence in a student’s educational foundation to foster values recognizing their key responsibility for a patient’s overall health. Graduate studies within the department afford additional opportunity to enhance oral health. Residency training programs provide both advanced general dentistry education as well as specialized restorative care for patients with debilitated oral health. Complex prosthetic care and treatment of medically compromised populations are provided through the departmental residencies. The department also offers auxiliary academic programs, addressing current and future labor force needs by educating a competent and efficient oral health care team.

Strategic Plan

Vision

Leading oral health

Mission

To optimize oral health locally and globally

Values

Pursuing Excellence
Seeking Innovation
Creating Teamwork