The Department of Restorative Sciences encompasses a significant component of the Vision of the School of Dentistry to lead oral healthcare. The Department realizes this vision through its programs in general dentistry, prosthodontics, and graduate studies.
The School of Dentistry has a mission to optimize oral health in Alabama and beyond. Through teaching, research, and scholarly activity, graduates from both the DMD program and advanced education residency programs will obtain knowledge, skills, and problem solving capabilities to affect the oral health of the population at large. Graduates joining the dental profession provide diagnostic, preventive, and restorative services to patients as well as contribute to the profession of dentistry as a whole. This is accomplished through the academic programs administered within this department providing didactic instruction, pre-clinical and clinical services, and research opportunities with the intent to improve oral health.
A significant component of the Mission is contained within the DMD program. The department seeks to promote excellence in a student’s professional development to foster values recognizing their key responsibility for a patient’s overall health. Through innovative programs, the intent is to graduate students who share a unified purpose to continue as life-long learners providing competent clinical care and contributions to both the professional and public welfare. Further, these values must be nurtured by participation in interdisciplinary professional culture with interactions throughout the medical community to appropriately provide care to the population. Finally, DMD graduates must recognize that patient care is centered in principles of evidence-based best practices recognizing all culturally diverse populations to universally provide excellent, optimal oral healthcare for all.
Graduate studies within the department afford additional opportunity to enhance oral health in Alabama and beyond. Residency training programs provide both advance 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 within the School and the University Hospital. The Department of Restorative Sciences also offers auxiliary academic programs to address current and future manpower needs further supporting the dental profession to provide a competent, efficient team to more optimally serve patient needs.
The Department of Restorative Sciences encompasses six cohort groups under the unified mission. Each group interacts to enhance the others through a mutual symbiotic relationship strengthening the entire department.
- Division of General Dentistry
- Division of Prosthodontics
- Advanced Education in Prosthodontics
- Advanced Education in Maxillofacial Prosthetics
- General Practice Residency and Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program
- Dental Services which include the Dental Assisting Program and Student Dental Health
In the Department of Restorative Sciences, each group supports the others aiding the department to achieve its mission. The residency programs serve a second tier of patient care with the DMD program with both clinical and teaching support. Research conducted by the department aims to augment the body of knowledge through laboratory, clinical, and materials research for the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. The Department is also active in service activities within the school, university, nationally, and internationally. Click here to view a structure map for the department.
Department of Restorative Sciences
School of Dentistry
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1919 Seventh Avenue South, SDB 537
Birmingham, AL 35294-0007
Telephone: (205) 934-6898