Restorative Dentistry


Mission. The Department fully supports the University’s and school’s mission in excellence, integrity and policy committed to providing an inclusive environment, encouraging and respecting different religious, cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds. The Department is focused on patient care, academic rigor, advancing innovations for the postdoctoral curriculum, enhancing the biomaterials laboratory, developing a program that can attract research funding, and developing a program in digital dentistry. 

Goals. The Restorative Dentistry Department strives to be a leader in education, scientific research and patient care.

Organization. The Department is chaired by Dr. Steven Morgano and the Postgraduate program is managed under the direction of Dr. Louis Dipede with 15 residents in the program. The duties of the department’s faculty and volunteers vary between teaching in the clinic, teaching in the preclinical laboratories, lecturing, serving as course directors and conducting research. The Department has 12 staff and is managed by a Program Clinical Coordinator.

Programs. The primary goal for the Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics in the Department of Restorative Dentistry is to educate dentists to become competent specialists in Prosthodontics. This is continuously assessed through evaluations, surveys, guidelines for clinical accomplishments, Mock Board Examinations, lectures, participation in research or other scholarly activities, and student participation at regional and national meetings.  Many of the faculty at the School of Dental Medicine hold primary appointments in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and, therefore, the department is connected to many programs and courses offered within other departments within the school.

Our in-house dental laboratory services, comprised of six laboratories and a Quality Assurance and Control Center, is the comprehensive program of support for all of the students in the predoctoral and postdoctoral restorative dentistry programs. The Quality Assurance and Control Center processes all incoming and outgoing predoctoral and postdoctoral laboratory cases and ensures the highest standard of care for our patients. The department has developed ongoing programs through the in-house dental laboratory to develop our international students’ laboratory skills prior to entering the clinic. Our predoctoral students are educated in fixed and removable laboratory procedures as well, prior to starting in the clinic.

Honors and Awards. Faculty in the Department of Restorative Dentistry have received honors and awards from the University, county associations and various societies and foundations.

Continuing Education & Professional Presentations. Many of the department’s faculty present continuing education programs and serve as invited speakers at conferences and symposia locally, nationally and internationally.

Collaborations. The postgraduate residents in the prosthodontic program are involved in the MDS program that is jointly administered by the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the Department of Oral Biology. The postdoctoral program in prosthodontics has a number of collaborations with departments in the School of Dental Medicine. Many of the department’s faculty serve as course directors and lecturers in courses for other departments and present jointly at health care conferences. The department has ongoing research projects and joint collaborations with other schools of Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Faculty in the department publish papers, present abstracts and perform research.