Section of Restorative Dentistry

Contact Us

Jaclyn Huff, Admin. Assist.        (310) 794-4387 | Email

Kara Brown, Admin. Assist.       (310) 825-6987 | Email

 

Dr.Sreenivas Koka, Interim Section Chair

The Section of Restorative Dentistry is responsible for training predoctoral students to become competent in restoring the form, function, and esthetics of damaged and malformed teeth. 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, cariology, esthetic dentistry, and cast gold study club.

Our Section 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.

Teaching Programs

Predoctoral Program
As one of the School of Dentistry's largest sections, 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, cariology, and esthetic 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).

Postgraduate Program

The Section offers a number of postgraduate programs:

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry Preceptorship

  • Esthetic Dentistry Preceptorship

  • Restorative Dentistry Preceptorship and Advanced Clinical Training Program.

Research

Restorative Section 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, and curriculum evaluation in dental education.

Patient Care

The Restorative Section provides patient care via several UCLA School of Dentistry clinics:

The General Clinic - More than 80 faculty in the Section are engaged in clinical teaching at both the Predoctoral Dental Clinic in Westwood and the Wilson-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 (CED). 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 Faculty Group Dental Practice located within the UCLA Medical Plaza.

Venice Dental Center - Patients may receive a full range of dental services at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center at 323 S. Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291.