Dentistry & Oral Surgery

The Department of Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for diseases and disorders of the mouth, jaws, teeth, and face. In addition to oral hygiene, restorative dentistry, root canal therapy, periodontal treatment, and implant dentistry, we perform procedures under sedation and general anesthesia in the operating room.

We also offer advanced treatment for cancer of the mouth through our Dental Oncology Program in cooperation with Radiation Oncology and Oncology. Our goal is to restore and maintain health and wellness for each patient, and to continue serving the surrounding community through our dentistry outreach programs.

Specialized Care

Our General Dentistry program provides a broad range of services, but for highly specialized needs, the department focuses on the following distinct subdivisions:

Excellence in Research

Our team participates in a variety of research projects to expand the reaches of current knowledge and techniques in all areas of modern dentistry. Among the many exciting developments, the Department of Dentistry is testing and investigating a human bone morphogenetic protein-2/absorbable collagen sponge developed by Genetics Institute for patients who have lost bone in the back (maxillary sinus) of their upper jaw. This unique absorbable collegen sponge (ACS) made from cow tendons acts as a carrier to supply the protein to the area of desired bone growth. The carrier is absorbed, meaning it will slowly and safely dissolve in the body. Studies in humans and animals with this particular protein have shown great strides with bone growth.

Additionally, clinical studies continue with the use of endosteal implants that are placed directly into the bone to provide an anchor for one or more artificial teeth to replace ones that have been lost. We continue to explore a variety of unique implant designs and advance the positive psychological impact of immediate tooth replacement.

Another area of concentration is a joint research effort between the Department of Orthodontics and the Center for Craniofacial Disorders. Our objectives are to: