College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Beginning today and through mid-November, the college is hosting interview days with prospective dental students. For these applicants, their interview day is the final hurdle before a decision is made. Many will be nervous about their interview and anxious being in an unfamiliar place. If you see an applicant on any of these Fridays (and one Thursday), be sure to greet them and welcome them to our wonderful community!  Cheers! ~Clark 

Updates for August 4, 2023–August 10, 2023

Azeez Butali

Iowa dental faculty receive grant to investigate genetic factors associated with periodontitis

The National Institutes of Health via the University of Kentucky awarded Azeez Butali, professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, and Erliang Zeng, associate professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, a grant to identify genome-wide genetic susceptibility variants around the world.
Podiums with first, second, and third places

Iowa Dental Admissions on track for another record breaking year!

For three of the last four years, Iowa Dentistry has set a new record for the total number of applicants for dental school. This accomplishment speaks to the reality that Iowa is a highly regarded, top-tier dental school with some of the most innovative educational programs in the country along with extensive clinical experiences that begin in a student's first year of dental school. And Iowa is on pace to eclipse the record again this year with 813 total applications as of July (over a hundred more than at the same time for last year).

Carlos Jurado at the 2023 Academy of General Dentistry

Prosthodontics faculty earns first place poster award

At the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry, Carlos Jurado, clinical associate professor of prosthodontics, won the first-place prize for his poster presentation of Fracture Resistance of Zirconia Surveyed Crowns in the category for Scientific Research. The research presented in the poster was also recently published by the Journal of Prosthodontics.



Carrie McKnight at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry

McKnight earns Academy of General Dentistry's highest honor

The Academy of General Dentistry awarded Carrie McKnight, clinical associate professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, her Mastership in the organization. Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry is the highest honor it bestows on its members, and it recognizes excellence and the highest levels of achievement in general dentistry and oral health through high-quality continuing education. 

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The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics LinkedIn page is active. Follow the account and stay up to date on what's happening in the college from research to achievements and more.

Sarah Johnson, Daphne Hoefler, and Lyndi Heldenbrand

Dental students help out with dental emergency patients over the summer

Thanks to students Sarah Johnson (D2), Daphne Hoefler (D3), and Lyndi Heldenbrand (D2), who helped to see dental emergency patients through June and July 2023, helping the College of Dentistry urgent care patients.

Daphe said of the experience: “I have developed new clinical skills and better patient communication. I have also built many relationships with the faculty I have worked alongside, and I greatly appreciate the support and guidance that they have provided. I am looking forward to starting my fourth year as a dental student to continue developing these skills and experiences.”

Lyndi: “Working in the admissions clinic this summer was an invaluable opportunity. This experience helped me develop my clinical decision-making skills as well as abilities in having difficult conversations with patients in pain. I’m excited to continue caring for patients in D3 clinics and beyond. When I’m not at the College of Dentistry, I love to spend time with family and friends, cook, go for walks outside, and plan my upcoming wedding!”.

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Why Iowa: Interview Day

Interview day always leaves a fantastic impression on our dental students and is the reason applicants choose Iowa. What's so special about Iowa's interview day? Hint: it's you! It's the care and connection we forge with each prospective student.


Kudos to you!

Tesha Rowans' review: "Went in yesterday due to a broken exposed tooth & everybody was absolutely amazing. They don't always have room or time to get you in for same day extraction & luckily I was able to get in. To the ladies that did the extraction, they were absolutely amazing, I'm not a needle fan especially being in the mouth & I felt NOTHING. I didn't even know the tooth was out when she got it out. I'd highly recommend, & having no insurance it was probably the cheapest place I could get in! Thannnnnnk you all so much for the BEST experience."


Collaborative and Innovative Research

Kiel M, Wuebker S, Remy MT, Riemondy KA, Smith F, Carey CM, Williams T, Van Otterloo E. MEMO1 Is Required for Ameloblast Maturation and Functional Enamel Formation. J Dent Res. 2023 Jul 20:220345231185758. doi: 10.1177/00220345231185758. PMID: 37475472.

The Van Otterloo lab has been exploring the role of the gene MEMO1 in bone formation and bone mineralization. This study expanded on that work to explore the role that MEMO1 plays in enamel mineralization. The research team found that Memo1 is expressed in ameloblasts, and that deleting it from ameloblasts causes enamel defects, including a decline in mineral density and reduced tooth integrity. The team's findings show in more detail how MEMO1 is part of a network of molecules crucial for ameloblast development.

Students taking a standardized test

Dental history: Dental Admission Test Begins in 1945

The development of the Dental Admission Test Program began in 1945. At that time, there were 39 accredited dental schools in the United States, and 12,000 students were enrolled. There were three basic reasons for the development of the Dental Aptitude Test Battery, as it was known at that time. First, student attrition was very high, and lack of academic preparation may have been one cause. Second, veterans of World War II were beginning to apply to dental school in great numbers, and dental schools were concerned about academic records from several years prior being equivalent to students who matriculated more recently. Third, dental school admission officers were aware that the grades from various high schools and colleges indicated different degrees of educational achievement. For these reasons, a national test was developed as a common metric to compare student achievement.


August 4, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 10, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 14, All-College Conference, Galagan Auditoria 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. with lunch to follow

August 25, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

August 30, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

September 12, Research Seminar: Chad Novince, Medical University of South Carolina, "“Commensal Microbiota, a Dynamic Regulator of Skeletal Metabolism," hosted by Heidi Steinkamp, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

September 15-16, Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend

September 8, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

September 22, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

October 5, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

October 13-14, IMOM, Waterloo Convention Center, Sullivan Brothers Plaza, 200 W Fourth Street, Waterloo, IA.

October 20, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 3, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 9, Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

November 15, Virtual Prospective DDS Student Interview Day

Notes and Resources 

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Hours: M-F: 7:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The banner Hawkeye Smile image shows Shaoping Zhang, an assistant professor in periodontics, with Herky.

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