General Dental Sciences

The Department of General Dental Sciences is one of four departments supporting the educational, patient care and research missions of the Marquette School of Dentistry. The department encompasses the broad disciplines of Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology, Cariology, Dental Biomaterials, Operative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

The Department of General Dental Sciences is responsible for the major portion of the basic, applied and clinical sciences components of the pre-doctoral curriculum. This gives us the opportunity to interact closely with predoctoral students throughout the 4-year program. Educational activities in these programs relate to oral diagnosis, caries disease management, evidence-based decision-making, treatment planning, applied biomaterials, restorative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, dental implants, digital dentistry, among others.

We have a dedicated and highly skilled team of faculty and staff with the training, clinical and didactic experiences to provide student-centered education and patient-centered comprehensive oral health care.

All our programs utilize science, evidence-based approaches, skills and technology to transform our students into competent, safe, caring and independent professionals and leaders in dentistry. We proudly foster an environment of care, mentoring and professionalism.

Department Chair

Bedran Russo

Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo

Ana Bedran-Russo received her D.D.S. degree from the University of São Paulo and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Campinas. After graduation, she completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Bedran-Russo was Professor and Director of Applied Dental Biomaterials and Interfaces program, as well as Program Director of the Multidisciplinary Oral Sciences Training program during her 15-year tenure at University of Illinois at Chicago. As a clinician-scientist, she utilizes her experience as a dentist and biomaterials researcher to understand functional aspects of dental tissues components towards the goal of strengthening and sustaining the natural dentition.

Dr. Bedran-Russo has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers, 4 book chapters and over 170 abstracts. Her research has been supported by the NIH since 2006 as well as industry and association contracts. She is actively involved in the leadership of professional associations, including chair of the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs, Councilor of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, past-president DMG/IADR, past board member Academy of Dental Materials. In addition, she is on the editorial board of JADA and serves as reviewer of many journals. (Read more)

Associated Graduate Programs

Advanced Educational Program in Prosthodontics

The purpose of the prosthodontic residency program is to provide progressive clinical, laboratory and didactic training, closely supervised, at the post-graduate level in fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics. The interrelation of other medical/dental clinical specialties is also emphasized. The program integrates a research project in the biomedical sciences with a comprehensive clinical experience, culminating in the award of a master of science in dentistry (Read more).

Dental Biomaterials

The M.S. program in Dental Biomaterials is offered to individuals who want to pursue advanced study in dental biomaterials. A major component of the program is conducting a research project, culminating in the successful completion of a master’s thesis and defense (Read more).

Associated Pre-doctoral Programs

Predoctoral Program in Oral Medicine

Predoctoral Program in Oral Radiology

Predoctoral Program in Preventive and Operative Dentistry

Predoctoral Program in Prosthodontics and Biomaterials


Predoctoral program faculty

Graduate program faculty


Ms. Janet Schmidt
Office Associate
Dept. of General Dental Sciences
Marquette University School of Dentistry, Room 336
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-0761