RICHARD G. STEVENSON III, DDS
The Division of Restorative Dentistry is responsible for training predoctoral students to become competent in the management and treatment of dental caries. The Division is committed to developing dentists who are compassionate and committed to providing patients with excellent restorations in all areas of the discipline: esthetic dentistry, conservative cast gold restorations, implants, and direct restorations. The Division encompasses the disciplines of operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, clinical applications in dental morphology, esthetic dentistry, cast gold study club, and geriatric dentistry.
Our Division makes a commitment to:
Provide instruction in all phases of the comprehensive, evidence-based predoctoral restorative dentistry curriculum to our dental students.
Provide a competency-based curriculum in clinical restorative dentistry to our 3rd- and 4th-year students
Encourage faculty to be dedicated and to keep them updated and calibrated with our curriculum, standards, and objectives.
Encourage faculty to enroll in continuing education programs and seminars to enhance their knowledge in restorative dentistry.
Keep abreast of the latest scientific literature in dentistry and educational advancements in dental education.
Prepare students to pass their dental licensure evaluations.
As one of the school's largest divisions, we have a broad and extensive involvement in the predoctoral teaching program. Dental student education is comprehensive and is integrated through a series of didactic, laboratory, clinical, and seminar courses addressing the following topics: operative dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, dental morphology and occlusion, esthetic dentistry and geriatric dentistry.
Our curriculum is designed to provide students with an adequate number of clinical experiences to perform several skills assessments. These evaluations are designed to build the students' confidence and knowledge in clinical restorative dentistry.
Upon completion of the requisite experiences and evaluations, student will be prepared to challenge a competency examination. After successfully completing the comprehensive competency examination, students will be provided the opportunity to treat patients more independently in an Advanced Restorative Dentistry Clinic (ARDC).
The Division offers a number of postgraduate programs:
Restorative Division faculty are active in several areas of scientific inquiry with ongoing research projects in oral cancer research as well as research to evaluate dental materials and clinical restorative dental techniques, geriatric dentistry research, and curriculum evaluation in dental education.
The Restorative Division provides patient care via several UCLA School of Dentistry clinics:
The General Clinic
More than 80 faculty in the Division are engaged in clinical teaching at both the Predoctoral Dental Clinic in Westwood and theWilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center. In the Predoctoral Dental Clinics, dental students treat a broad range of patients with differing needs under the close supervision of part and full time dental school faculty. Within the Predoctoral Dental Clinics, students have the option of performing complex esthetic dentistry, and the restoration of dental implants.
Advanced Restorative Dentistry Clinic
Students who have passed the competency exam are eligible to participate in the Advanced Restorative Dentistry Clinic. This clinic allows competent students the opportunity to treat more complex cases and increase their patient load during clinic sessions. Students work under the mentorship of Restorative faculty in a specially designated clinical area. Faculty provide support and advice as requested, however, students are encouraged to work more independently than in the general restorative dentistry clinic area.
Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Clinic
Patients may elect to have treatment provided by residents in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Clinic. This treatment is provided under the supervision of Restorative Dentistry Division faculty.
Center for Esthetic Dentistry
Patients with special esthetic needs are often treated in the Center for Esthetic Dentistry Clinic. The CED treats hundreds of patients per year. Patients in the CED Clinic are treated by Esthetic Dentistry trainees under the close supervision of experts in the field of esthetic dentistry.
Faculty Group Dental Practice
Most of the Division's full-time faculty maintain a private practice setting, treating patients at the UCLA School of Dentistry Faculty Group Dental Practice located within the UCLA Medical Plaza.
- Venice Dental Center
Patients may recceive a full range of dental services at UCLA's Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield Venice Dental Center at 323 S. Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291