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Operative Dentistry


Patient Care


What is Operative Dentistry?  Operative Dentistry is the art and science of the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of defects of the teeth that do not require full coverage restorations for correction.  Such treatment should result in the restoration of proper tooth form, function, and esthetics while maintaining the physiologic integrity of the teeth in harmonious relationship with the adjacent hard and soft tissues, all of which should enhance the general health and welfare of the patient.

You can learn more about the discipline of Operative Dentistry through the Academy of Operative Dentistry.

Pre-Doctoral Student Clinics:  Students in the DDS program treat patients during their second, third, and fourth years.  For a screening appointment, call the Pre-Doctoral Student Clinics.
Pre-Doctoral Student Clinics
TELEPHONE = 919-966-2805
EMERGENCY = 919-966-2806

Graduate Operative Dentistry Clinic:  Residents in the three-year Graduate Program in Operative Dentistry are dentists who are receiving advanced training in the discipline.  These residents treat patients who require advanced restorative or esthetic dentistry treatment.  Call for a screening appointment.

Graduate Operative Dentistry Clinic
TELEPHONE = 919-843-9743
EMERGENCY = 919-843-9743 (Message)

Clinical Research:  The department conducts clinical trials on "tooth whitening" and "tooth-colored restorative materials."  For more information, please contact our clinical research coordinator.

Clinical Research Unit
TELEPHONE = 919-966-5237
EMERGENCY = 919-966-5237 (Message)

Dental Faculty Practice:  Faculty of the Department of Operative Dentistry provide restorative and esthetic patient care in the Dental Faculty Practice.  The department is widely recognized for its expertise, having published the top-selling dental textbook in the world, Sturdevant's Art and Science of Operative Dentistry.  Call for more information or to make a new patient appointment.  

Dental Faculty Practice
TELEPHONE = 919-537-3939
EMERGENCY = 919-537-3939 (Message)