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School of Dental Medicine News

The School of Dental Medicine provides world-class oral health education while providing for the dental needs of Nevada residents.

Current Dental Medicine News

Business and Community | March 29, 2021

Take a moment on March 30 to recognize the contributions UNLV's medical professionals are making to our community.

Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

A woman sits next to a series of three sets of model teeth
Research | March 3, 2021

Dr. Tanya Al-Talib advocates for dentists becoming the first line of defense against sleep apnea and other sleep breathing issues.

Valinder "Val" Addison in front of palm trees and blue sky.
People | February 16, 2021

While some of us have nicknames we wish everyone would forget, Valinder Addison likes hers because her family and friends say she keeps going, and going, and going.

A student probes a preserved human head
Research | February 9, 2021

Plastinated human head specimens give dental students complete, odor-free, hands-on learning experiences.

medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Dental Medicine In The News

April 7, 2021

Dr. Christine C. Ancajas and Dr. Flora M. Phipps are two women who are known for their extraordinary work with Nevada Army National Guard, but they also play a critical role at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine.

ADA News
April 2, 2021

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards recognized anesthesiology as a dental specialty in 2019.

March 22, 2021

Dr. Garcia is Dean and Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. She was in private practice in Denver, Colorado and taught part-time at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry (UCHSC). After a transition into academic dentistry, she became Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the UCHSC, while continuing to maintain a practice limited to prosthodontics and implant treatment. Her focus on teaching in the predoctoral program led to updates in materials and teaching methodologies in both fixed and removable Prosthodontics. She served as Professor & Associate Dean for Education at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry from 2013-2019.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
March 10, 2021

During the pandemic, some parents have found it hard to get dental care for their children.

March 8, 2021

A study shows that gum disease may be linked to serious COVID-19 cases.

Dentistry Today
February 18, 2021

The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine has acquired 60 plastinated human specimens for its head and neck anatomy and neuroscience course. The preserved specimens, which all came from deceased human beings, clearly present the bones, muscles, nerves, and vasculature of the head and neck.

Dental Medicine Experts

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Recent Dental Medicine Accomplishments

April 20, 2021
Dr. Antonina Capurro (Dental) and Dr. Amy Tongsiri, '08 DMD, joined hundreds of national and international dentists, dental hygienists, health researchers, dental/health educators, legislators, public health officials, Medicaid/CHIP dental program staff/consultants, state/territorial dental directors, and county/city/local dental directors at the...
April 19, 2021
Jacob Ozuna, Benjamin Barborka, and Neamat Hassan (all Dental) published a paper, "A Retrospective Evaluation of the Prevalence of Cracked Teeth Among an Adult Population in Nevada," in the European Endodontic Journal that appeared online ahead of print. The paper identified the distribution and characteristics of cracked teeth among patients ...
April 14, 2021
Nathan Anderson, Adam Lords, Ronald Laux, and Neamat Hassan (all Dental) just published a paper, "Retrospective Anaylsis of the Risks Factors of Peri-implantitis," in The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice. The paper evaluated the risk factors and their implication on the development of peri-implant diseases. Anderson and Lords are students.
April 12, 2021
Drs. Ji Won Yoo and David Byun (Medicine), Jay Shen (Public Health), Dr. Georgia Dounis (Dental), and Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), along with Dr. Se Won Lee of Mountain View Hospital and past visiting scholars Sung-Youn Chun, Hee-Taik Kang, Jinwook Hwang, Young-Jae Lee, and Dong-Hun Han published a paper "Regional Variation in States'...
March 31, 2021
Joshua Polanski, Karl Kingsley, Ah Reum Yoo, and Philip Son (all Dental) recently published the article "Dietary Habits and Anthropometric Measures of a Dental Student Population" in the European Journal of Nutrition and Food Safety. 
March 29, 2021
Dr. Hassan Ziada, Dr. Marcia Ditmyer, and Dr. Neamat Hassan (all Dental) co-authored, "Reflections of Psychomotor Skill Development in Preclinical Simulation: A Qualitative Analysis," which appeared online this month in the European Journal of Dental Education.