Departments & Programs

Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)

The AEGD Clinic offers state-of-the-art dental services in all areas of general and specialized dentistry, including implants, crowns and bridges, dentures and partial dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and bleaching (tooth whitening). The main focus is comprehensive care for all patients. The AEGD Department also offers a one-year graduate program.

Biological Sciences

Health gums with teeth inside mouth.

The Department of Biological Sciences encompasses both teaching and research, with a focus on how the body, and particularly the mouth, fights diseases through innate immune responses.

Community Dentistry

The Department of Community Dentistry has several programs which involve health services, education and research and are a resource for graduate students studying dental care systems. These programs have as their goal the protection and improvement of the oral health of individual patients and of the community at large. Community programming includes the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program and Give Kids a Smile Day.

Comprehensive Care

The Department of Comprehensive Care is a comprehensive dental clinic providing quality dental care to its patients. The Comprehensive Care clinics not only provide hands on training for the third- and fourth-year dental students, which is an important part of the dental education, but also provide affordable dental care for area residents.


Tooth with explanation of its parts.

The Department of Endodontics specializes in the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth for patients of all ages. World-renowned faculty concentrate on developing competent, skilled clinicians, as well as training in research design and preparation for teaching responsibilities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Bone grafting and guided tissue regeneration are also included in the curriculum.

The postgraduate program is a continuous, 24-month Master's degree with a certificate. The curriculum is designed to fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Endodontics and promote Diplomates.

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)

The EFDA Program is designed to train Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists in the art of Restorative Dentistry. Upon successful completion of this accredited program, an auxiliary is eligible to sit for the state certifying examination provided by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for adults and children who experience such conditions as problematic wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries and fractures, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with benign and malignant tumors and cysts of the jaws and functional and esthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas.

The training of our surgical residents includes a four-year graduate degree in dentistry and the completion of a five-year hospital surgical residency program, which includes attending medical school to obtain a medical degree and a year of general surgery training.

Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Xray of teeth that has dental work done on them.

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences is a comprehensive unit encompassing all diagnostic disciplines of dental medicine. Our full-time members are board certified in their respective disciplines and offer full exposure to our students to routine patient screening and evaluation as well as diagnostic work-up of challenging cases. Our clinical services cover the School of Dental Medicine, the University Hospitals system (in collaboration with the Departments of Oral Surgery and the AEGD program) and local practicing dentists and physicians. Our research involves orofacial pain, oral premalignant disorders, interprofessional education outcomes, and markers for response to treatment of mucosal disorders.

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Clinic

The Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Clinic specializes in three-dimensional imaging of the head and neck using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology and provides support for research, as well as clinical activities, inside and outside Case Western Reserve University. Three-dimensional images provide a more accurate representation of our patients, since patients are three-dimensional entities. A more accurate representation results in a more accurate diagnosis, and potentially a more effective treatment. The clinic provides access to this technology, offers educational services through CE courses, and provides clinical service by imaging patients referred by outside practitioners.


A smile with braces on the teeth.

Orthodontics Department is dedicated to advancing the art and science of orthodontics through research, teaching and service. The mission of the Department of Orthodontics is to provide clinical and didactic instruction in orthodontics for predoctoral and postdoctoral students; promote the discovery of new knowledge about facial growth and development through scientific research; and serve the surrounding community as an educational resource and as a provider of quality orthodontic treatment.

Pediatric Dentistry

A dentist cleaning a child's teeth

Pediatric Dentistry focuses on patients from birth through 16 years of age. We want your child to have the most positive dental experience we can provide. Our faculty, residents and staff are specially trained in working with children and their families and our dental students are taught to provide dental services to children. Together, we strive to provide an atmosphere that is friendly and supportive to our child patients and their families.

The Pediatric Dentistry department also offers Certificate-Only and M.S.D. graduate education programs

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The Department of Periodontics includes well-trained residents, welcoming staff, and globally recognized clinical faculty, who are specialists in treating gum diseases and maintaining a healthy state in the mouth. Placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth is also offered to our patients, and advanced x-ray imaging and conscious sedation are available in the graduate periodontics clinic. The Periodontics department also offers a three-year graduate education program.