College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Our annual All-College Meeting is on Monday, August 14. It's an opportunity for us to come together, celebrate our accomplishments from the prior year, welcome new colleagues from all over the college, and learn more about where we are headed as a college. All of us together make our college what it is. I'm proud to be serving as your dean and look forward to an exciting academic year.  Cheers! ~Clark Stanford

Updates for August 11, 2023–August 17, 2023

A composite photo of the 2023 SHPEP Class

2023 summer educational program opens up opportunities for participants

The dental track of the Summer Health Professions Education Program showcases careers in dentistry for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. Since 2017, this highly competitive program has served over 120 students helping to prepare them for dental school and a future career in dentistry.


Iowa researchers receive grant to study effects of Medicaid dental benefits expansion on overall health

A team of University of Iowa researchers has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of recent expansions in Medicaid dental benefits on low-income adults. The grant total is $320,000 for two years. The research team includes George Wehby, professor and head of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health, Steven Levy, Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research, and Julie Reynolds, assistant professor of preventive and community dentistry.

Chris Barwacz

What to know about dental implants

The Gazette recently interviewed Chris Barwacz, associate professor and chair of the Department of Family Dentistry, about dental implants and whether dental implants might be an appropriate choice for patients who are missing one or more teeth.

Emily Lanzel conducting research

The Gazette features Iowa Dentistry's Oral Cancer research

Among other cancer research initiatives at Iowa, The Gazette featured Iowa Dentistry's groundbreaking oral cancer program.  

Social Shoutout

Incoming first-year dental student is excited to start her dental journey!

Jessie Gomez, an incoming first-year dental student, was recently profiled by her high school magazine. It's great to see her exhibiting so many Hawkeye values—cooperation and support, a commitment to helping others, etc. in your inspiring message. Welcome aboard, Jessie! 

Kyungsup Shin holding his bike over his head.

Iowa Orthodontist bikes Ragbrai!

Last month Kyungsup Shin, associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Orthodontics, took on the seven-day Ragbrai trek across Iowa. At least one other dental faculty member and a first-year dental student also participated in Ragbrai. Additional photos from Shin's trek are on the Iowa Dentistry Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

"This was such a wonderful Ragbrai journey! I really enjoyed talking with people, experiencing IOWA NICE in towns, eating great foods, and of course, peddling my bike for many hours over the seven days!" -Kyungsup Shin
YouTube Video about patient-centered care

Why Iowa: Person-Centered Care

Person-centered care is a way of thinking and providing care by taking into consideration the preferences, beliefs, and values of the person. Focusing on the elements of care, support and treatment by using health and social services as equal partners. Patients and their families are at the center of decisions. From the dental student curriculum to our graduate training programs and our clinics, person-centered care is at the heart of who we are. 


Kudos to you!

Istiaque Ahmed's review: "Me and my wife had dental treatment from this clinic. And our experience was excellent. We went there for deep cleaning service. But they also took care of other needs at the same time. There initial treatment procedure is a little lengthy and the appointments are not readily available. But they take time to make sure everything is perfect. All the staffs and students were very friendly and polite. They took care of us like they are taking care of themselves. Experienced teachers were always there along with the students when needed. I don't think any professional dentist would give us the service same level as they did. I will highly recommend them if anybody needs any dental treatment. And if I need any service, I will definitely visit them again." 


Collaborative and Innovative Research

Mahrous A, Botsko DL, Elgreatly A, Tsujimoto A, Qian F, Schneider GB. The use of artificial intelligence and game-based learning in removable partial denture design: A comparative study. J Dent Educ. 2023 Aug;87(8):1188-1199. doi: 10.1002/jdd.13225. PMID: 37186466.

The AiDental RPD Designer is an Algorithm based software with basic AI functionality as a decision-making tool for removeable partial denture design. Its algorithms were coded with the logic of RPD design, allowing the software to process data input from the user and design RPD frameworks. This allows the software to take informatin about a given case, for example, missing teeth and abutment tooth conditions like tooth undercut location and depth, vestibule characteristics, patient esthetic requirements, and occlusal contact location; then the program analyzes the case, provides an illustration, and generates a list of compatible RPD designs. 

This study compared student performance in removable partial denture (RPD) design during a pre-clinical course on removable partial dentures with and without using AiDental. The researchers found that students appreciated the program and that AiDental's automated feedback and gamification techniques had a positive effect on student grades. Thus, the results suggest that AiDental has the potential to be a useful pre-clinical teaching tool.

1969 Yearbook Article about the Dental Science Building

Iowa Dentistry History: Need for a new Dental Science Building

Given that it's been fifty years since it was first built, let us look at the rationale for why the Dental Science Building was needed as reported in the 1969 University of Iowa Yearbook:

"Statistics show that two-thirds of the people in the United States needing dental care are not receiving it and that there are only enough dental practitioners to serve only half the population.
  Present dentistry quarters are crowded and put a limit on the number of students who can be admitted to the College. The crowded conditions also put stress on students who are admitted.
  With the pressing need for dentists, the College of Dentistry is eagerly anticipating construction of a $12.4 million Dental Science Building.
  The new building will be large enough to accommodate the growing enrollment and at the same time provide adequate research and office space. 
  Donald Galagan, dean of the College, said the building would update the present training facilities for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental technicians.
  In addition to the classroom training and experience, students in dentistry have the opportunity to learn in clinical situations and to tend to patients in eight public clinics operated by the University. Dental students also do service projects such as caring for the teeth of migrants' children."


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 

Filling Station Menu

Hours: M-F: 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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

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