The Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences (PRDS) is the largest of four departments in the School of Dentistry at UCSF, and is responsible for teaching over 60% of the pre-doctoral DDS curriculum and the majority of the International Dentist Program.

 Message from the Chair

 Welcome to the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences (PRDS). PRDS is comprised of seven divisions including: Behavioral Sciences and Community Dental Education, Biomaterials and Bioengineering; Clinical General Dentistry; Endodontics, Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, Patient Care Simulation, and Prosthodontics.

Our department’s mission is to lead the world in improving the oral health of the public through advancements in education, research, service and their application to preventive and restorative care. The three elements of our vision for accomplishing this mission include: (1) preparing dentists and graduate dental hygienists of the future for the future, oral health care professionals who are also men and women of science and compassion; (2) creating knowledge and translating that knowledge into practice, policy, and improved oral health; and (3) establishing a workplace climate that will be recognized both internally and externally as an exemplary place to work, serve, study, and grow.

Our cadre of over 200 faculty members, including over 100 dedicated volunteer faculty, and approximately 80 support staff faculty provide the excellent teaching, patient care, and discovery produced by PRDS. Faculty teach the pre-doctoral dental students in preclinical and clinical educational programs within the laboratories and clinics of the School of Dentistry’s facilities on campus; through the school’s major satellite facility, the community clinic at 100 Buchanan Street, and in 15 externship sites located in community health centers throughout Northern California. PRDS offers dental post-graduate training programs including accredited three-year specialty residency programs in Prosthodontics and Endodontics, and an accredited one- or two-year residency in Dental Public Health. PRDS also offers a two-year fellowship in Geriatrics, a one-year Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene as well as a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry in partnership with Lutheran Medical Center and several Federally Qualified Health Centers in Northern California.

In addition to patient care activities provided in our pre-doctoral and residency program clinics, our expert faculty provides high quality advanced generalist and specialty patient care in our faculty practices.

Research in PRDS spans the spectrum from basic to translational to clinical to population health research. Areas of emphasis include, the development and application of the analytical techniques of materials science and optical imaging for the characterization of dental hard tissues and hard tissue cellular matrix and restorative materials; characterization and testing of dental materials; the effects of restorative procedures on the dental pulp; basic research into pulp biology; occurrence and characteristics of temporomandibular joint disorders in populations; multi-school collaborative electronic patient record investigations of patient safety and outcomes of care; preventive, diagnostic, and interventional laser research for modifying the enamel for greater resistance to dental caries and other therapeutic laser applications in dentistry; caries risk assessment; the delivery of preventive and therapeutic dental care, including nonsurgical approaches to prevent, treat, and manage dental caries; the development of statistical methodology for applications in precision health and causal modeling; dental health services research; the causes and impact of tobacco use on oral health in younger people; adverse effects of poor oral health on systemic health; and educational research investigating student self-assessment and confidence. Additionally PRDS faculty and staff direct and comprise the core of School of Dentistry’s NIH-funded Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CAN DO), which is one of only five such centers in the US and the only one in California. The CAN DO Center aims to understand, prevent and reduce oral health disparities in young children, with a primary focus on preventing early childhood caries.

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as Chair of PRDS. Our committed faculty and staff form the solid core that drives our excellence in teaching, patient care, service and research activities as we work to fulfill our mission. I invite you to learn more about PRDS in this website.  


George Taylor, DMD, MPH, DrPH

Department Chair, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences

Leland A. and Gladys K. Barber Distinguished Professor in Dentistry

University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry