Department of General Dental Sciences


The Department of General Dental Sciences is one of four departments within the School of Dentistry and the one with the largest responsibility for training candidates for a Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree.  With a stated purpose of providing a contemporary, clinically focused dental education, we strive to fully prepare future practitioners in the art and science of dentistry.

The three pre-doctoral programs within the department encompass the broad disciplines of Oral Medicine & Diagnosis, General Dentistry, and Prosthodontics & Dental Biomaterials.  These programs are responsible for a major portion of the basic, clinical, and applied science instruction within the School of Dentistry’s curriculum and play a significant role in the preparation of our students for clinical practice.  Educational activities in these programs relate to oral diagnosis, evidence-based decision-making, treatment planning, applied biomaterials, restorative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, dental implants, and digital dentistry, among others.

Our close-knit family of full-time and adjunct faculty members interacts with students beginning on the first day of their dental school experience in a variety of didactic, simulation laboratory, and clinical settings.  Due to this student-centered approach, our clinician/educators are able to quickly gain the insight necessary to transform our students into competent, safe, independent practitioners.

Should you have any questions related to the Department of General Dental Sciences, please feel free to contact me directly.

All my best,

Gary L. Stafford DMD

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of General Dental Sciences

Marquette University School of Dentistry

1801 W. Wisconsin Ave., Rm 336C

Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881