College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

The 70th Anniversary of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry’s Iowa Section of the AADOCR was held this past Tuesday, and it was a great success. It was wonderful to have our full lineup with in-person oral and poster presentations, and with an in-person reception for the first time since 2019. Thank you again to our wonderful dental students, graduate students, post-docs, and established scholars who presented their research. I also reiterate my appreciation for the planning committee, Ed Media, and the IIOHR staff for their extensive contributions to these efforts. Cheers! ~Clark Stanford

Updates for February 17, 2022–February 23, 2022

Emily Lanzel conducting Oral Cancer Research

Iowa’s Groundbreaking Oral Cancer Program

Over the course of four years, the University of Iowa has been establishing an innovative oral cavity cancer program drawing from faculty researchers and clinicians across campus. The holistic approach of the team encompasses the entire spectrum of oral cavity cancer research and is guided by their goal of improving patient outcomes. As a result, Iowa is poised to be a global leader in oral cavity cancer research.

Clark Stanford speaker with a researcher about her poster presentation

2023 Iowa Section of the AADOCR

The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research is in the books. With 73 oral and poster presentations, dental students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, established scholars, and visitors presented their research. The day was a great success with an in-person awards reception and dinner held offsite for the first time since 2019. Over the next several weeks, research articles from the annual meeting and awards announcements will be posted in the Hawkeye Smile. Some photos from the day are available on the College of Dentistry website.

David Jun and Jackie Yeh with Barbara Wilson

Dental student entrepreneurs

Last Fall, two dental students, David Jun and Jackie Yeh, were two of the six University of Iowa graduate trainees selected to participate in the 2022 Iowa Innovation Leadership Fellows Program. The two dental students learned about the policies, programs, resources, and other factors that influence entrepreneurial approaches to address unmet societal needs. They are now putting that experience into practice with a four-phase program aimed at getting a better idea and understanding of the process of developing equipment with the goal of creating better quality glasses for Asian people. The Daily Iowan discussed their efforts this past week.

Azeez Butali

Butali appointed to FaceBase Scientific Advisory Group

Azeez Butali, professor of oral pathology, radiology, and medicine, was appointed in November 2022 to the Scientific Advisory Group of FaceBase. FaceBase is a collaborative NIDCR-funded project that houses comprehensive data in support of advancing research into craniofacial development and malformation. It serves as a community resource by curating large datasets of a variety of types from the craniofacial research community and sharing them via this website. The Scientific Advisory Group is a panel of community members who meet regularly to review the progress of data repository evolution.

Someone drawing tooth art

Dentistry is invited to participate in CCOM art contest

Carver College of Medicine and CCOM’s Writing and Humanities Program will be hosting our third annual art show this spring! All health and science professionals, students, and trainees are invited to submit their art; all mediums are accepted (painting, graphic design, illustration, photography, 3D art, writing, and more). Opening night is March 24, 2023, and art will be displayed until May 5. Submissions will be accepted until March 10. At the artists’ discretion we plan to offer pieces for sale, and proceeds from the event will go towards helping local community non-profits through an online auction and a partial amount to the Humanities program to support this event for the future. We're excited to see your pieces! Please fill out the form to display your art!  Send your questions to Daniel Sands.

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IDA Scholarships

The Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) is currently accepting scholarship applications. All dental (D3s), dental hygiene, dental assistant, and dental lab technician students are encouraged to apply. Dental students may receive up to $5,000 and all other dental professional students up to $750. The total number of scholarships awarded and amounts vary each year. For more information or to see past awardees, visit the IDF webpage.

Completed applications must be submitted by March 31.

A YouTube Screen Capture Showing an Iowa D2 Student Discussing Why Iowa: We make the best dentists

Why Iowa: We Produce the Best Dentists

Newly minted alumni throughout Iowa's history have routinely heard from their colleagues—whether in the military, graduate programs, or private practice—that “we know you will hit the ground running because you’re from Iowa.” Prospective students apply to and choose to attend Iowa because they too have heard that message consistently around the dental profession. Keep it up, Hawkeyes!

Connie's Review

Kudos to you!

Connie's review: "You receive great care, appointments tend to last longer due to the work being don't by students but they do a good job. Prices are lower than you will find at any other dental office."


Collaborative and Innovative Research

Hopkins CE, Restrepo-Kennedy N, Elgreatly A, Comnick C, Vargas M, Teixeira EC. Fracture resistance of defective amalgam restorations repaired with a resin-based composite material. J Am Dent Assoc. 2023 Feb;154(2):141-150. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2022.10.012. Epub 2022 Dec 20. PMID: 36543651.

When restorations are defective, a repair can be used to increase its longevity. This is the case, for example, in large amalgams. The research team investigated the the fracture resistance and fracture modes of mesio-occlusodistal (MOD) amalgam molar restorations with a repair of an extensive cuspal fracture or replacing the restoration using a bulk-fill resin-based composite material. The team found that composite material is a viable option for the repair and replacement of cuspal defects,
especially in the case of a 1-cusp fracture and 1-cusp fracture involving the adjacent proximal box. In practice, the study suggests that repairing cusp fractures in existing
MOD amalgam–restored molars is an appropriate treatment option, but replacing the defect and existing restoration with resin-based composite will withstand higher forces.


Thomas Huff in his wrestling uniform

Hawkeye legends: The time Tom Huff ('67 DDS) beat Dan Gable

As wrestling season draws near its conclusion, it's fun to remember great wrestling stories. There aren't many people that have pinned Dan Gable, but Tom Huff ('67 DDS), an associate professor in prosthodontics for five years in the 1990s, was one of them. Read in his own words (p. 52) how he did so:

"Next I had to wrestle Gable for the chance to finish and and be invited to the Alamosa Camp. Now this was more than just another match - both of us being from Waterloo and all. For years Iowa fans were asking, Wonder who would win a Huff-Gable match?' We were both big deals in our careers at Waterloo West and then in college, even though I never won the NCAAs. Anyway, I was about six years Dan's senior and my pride wouldn't let me lose to an up-and-coming guy who was just a college sophomore. I took Dan down with my fireman's in the opening seconds and had him on his back but we went off the mat. Back up on our feet, I took him down again - this time in the center of the mat - and put him straight on his back His body got locked with his shoulders pinned and he didn't have a chance to bridge or turn. I didn't even have time to put in a half-nelson. He was pinned in just over a minute into the match. I had earned a trip to the Finals Camp in Alamosa."


February 21, Seminars in Dental Research: Joseph Cavanaught, "Reassessing Health Sciences Research: Moving Beyond p-Values and Statistical Significance," hosted by Steve Levy, W220A/B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

February 24, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with the Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

February 28, Black History Month Speaker: David McBride, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

March 9, All College Potluck hosted by the International Affairs and Planning Committee, W220A/B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

March 10, Live Distance Course: Digital Smile Planning: Veneer preps, computer design, and material’s indication, Thiago Porto, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

March 21, Documentary and Discussion with the producer of "Through my Eyes, Galagan A, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

April 14, Live Distance Course: Thinking Game for Maxillary Full Arch Implant Restorations, Aaron Cho, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

May 5, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with IDA Annual Meeting, Cedar Rapids, IA, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

September 15-16, Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend

Notes and Resources 

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