The Department of Preventive Restorative Dental Sciences
- Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD - Department Chair
- Marny Nahrwold - Department Manager
The Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences (PRDS) is the largest department in the School of Dentistry. The Department is comprised of seven divisions including Behavioral Sciences and Community Dental Education, Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Clinical General Dentistry, Pre-Clinical Simulation, Endodontics, Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health; and Prosthodontics. Preclinical and clinical educational programs operate within the laboratories and clinics of the dental facilities on campus and through the school’s satellite facilities, including the community clinic at 100 Buchanan Street. The Department offers accredited three-year residency programs in Prosthodontics and Endodontics an accredited one or two year residency in Dental Public Health and a two year fellowship in Geriatrics. In addition, PRDS offers postgraduate education in dental public health and epidemiology, in conjunction with the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley as part of the Dentist Scientist Award Program for dentists interested in combining specialty training with a PhD in epidemiology. The Division of Behavioral Sciences and Community Dental Education offers a one-year Master’s of Science in Dental Hygiene as well as a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program in conjunction with Lutheran Medical Center and several Federally Qualified Health Centers.
In the predoctoral dental curriculum, the division of Behavioral Sciences and Community Dental Education teaches integrated cultural competency courses spread throughout the four-year curriculum. This core curriculum includes clinical care and current issues in dentistry, behavioral sciences, ethics, and community health center-based dental externships. The Department is responsible for the pre-clinical and clinical teaching for the domestic DDS and International Dental Program pre-doctoral students for three of the school’s five curriculum streams (Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, Patient Centered Care and Scientific Methods) and has the largest responsibility for the didactic and clinical teaching (over 60%) of all the departments in the School.
Research in the PRDS spans the spectrum from basic to translational to clinical to population health research. Areas of emphasis include the application of the analytical techniques of materials science and optical imaging to 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; and preventive, diagnostic, and laser research for modifying the enamel for greater resistance to dental caries and therapeutic laser applications in dentistry.
Research in oral epidemiology, dental public health, and behavioral science includes a spectrum of ongoing projects on the epidemiology and prevention of oral diseases; psychological aspects of temporomandibular joint disorders; multi-school collaborative electronic patient record studies; 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; the effects of dental care on medical care costs; the impact of tobacco use on high school athletes' oral health; oral health policy research studies; and dental health workforce evaluations. Research in education includes investigating student self-assessment and confidence. Since 2001, the Department has housed the School’s NIH-funded Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CAN DO), which has been one of only five such centers in the US and the only one in California. CAN DO aims to understand, prevent and reduce oral health disparities in young children, with a primary focus on preventing early childhood caries. CAN DO investigators are currently directing the NIDCR-funded Coordinating Center to Help Reduce/Eliminate Oral Health Inequalities in Children and two of the nine funded phased innovation research projects comprising the Oral Health Disparities in Children Consortium.