Division of Operative Dentistry

Peter Arsenault, D.M.D., M.S., Division Head and Associate Clinical Professor

Operative Dentistry is one of the branches of dentistry that deals with the art and science of the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and prognosis of diseases or trauma to teeth. Operative Dentistry is indicated primarily for dental caries, malformed, discolored or fractured teeth and replacement or repair of existing restorations. Treatment should restore proper tooth morphology, function, esthetics and harmonious relationship with the surrounding tissues.

The mission of the Division of Operative Dentistry is to support the academic goals of the institution through teaching, patient care and research. Our primary goal is to complement the preclinical operative experience of our students and provide high quality didactic and clinical instruction to undergraduate students in the discipline of contemporary Operative Dentistry.

See the list of Operative Faculty

Predoctoral Courses

Dental Anatomy/CranioFacial Function I

Course Director: Dr. Joanne Falzone

Class Year/Course Duration: Freshman/September – December

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Operative Dentistry – Patient Simulation

Course Directors: Dr. Gerard Kugel, Dr. Steve Eisen

Class Year/Course Duration: Freshman/September – May

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Operative Workshop – Introduction to Clinical Materials

Course Directors: Dr. Melissa Ing, Dr. Gerald Kugel

Class Year/Course Duration: Sophomore/June

A workshop to introduce students entering the clinic to the available restorative materials they will utilize while treating patients in the clinic. All of the materials available in the clinic dispensaries are identified and discussed with respect to how to use them along with appropriate circumstances for their use.

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Operative Preparatory Workshop (OPW)

Course Directors: Dr. Peter ArsenaultDr. Angelica Gil-Levin

Class Year/Course Duration: Junior/September – December

This is a series of workshops in simulation clinic. These workshops are a refresher to the preclinical course in operative dentistry for new clinical students. Topics covered include directly placed restoration preparation design, materials manipulation, polishing, bases/liners and alternative materials for temporization.

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Operative Simulated Patient Competency Exam (OSPCE)

Course Directors: Dr. Peter Arsenault, Dr. Angelica Gil-Levin

Class Year/Course Duration: Junior/September – December

Operative competency examinations are given in the simulation clinic on manikins. The preparation and restoration of one amalgam and one composite restoration under simulated clinical conditions introduces the students to the clinical evaluation process and assists the student to make appropriate self-assessments.

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Operative Clinical Competency Examination (OCCE)

Course Directors: Dr. Peter Arsenault, Dr. Ralph Fowler

Class Year/Course Duration: Senior/September – January

This is a senior year patient-based operative clinical competency given in a simulated dental licensing examination format. Its purpose is to assist students in preparing to take the clinical restorative portion of a regional or state licensing examination.

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Board Review – III (Licensing Examinations)

Course Directors: Dr. Peter Arsenault, Dr. Robert Urbon

Class Year/Course Duration: Senior/October

Review lecture in Operative Dentistry to assist students taking the NERB dental licensing examination.

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Operative Board Preparation

Course Director: Dr. Peter Arsenault

Class Year/Course Duration: Senior/January – February

This is a supervised Typodont Workshop practice session before the NERB clinical examination regarding amalgam and composite preps. The workshop has a short lecture regarding the operative portion and practice preps. The second session is scheduled in a two week span when all students are back from externship.

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Operative Dentistry Faculty

A. Lichelle Aldana, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Peter Arsenault, D.M.D., M.S.
Associate Clinical Professor

Boris Bacanurschi, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Charles Badaoui, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

David N. Bardwell, D.M.D., M.S.
Clinical Professor

Laurence B. Barron, D.M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor

Carol Ann Blanchard, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Nathaniel Chan, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dean Chang, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Alice Cheng, D.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Frank S. Chow, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Thomas M. Cleary, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dean B. Cohen, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Carolyn P. Cottrell, D.D.S.
Associate Professor

Domenic D’Amico, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Irida Dautaj, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Ronald Davitt, D.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Frank DeCaro, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Robert DeFrancesco, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Simone Deliperi, D.D.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Flaviano J. DiFalco, D.D.S.
Associate Clinical Professor

Joseph G. DiTullio, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Steven E. Eisen, D.M.D.
Associate Professor

Hiam Elias, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Joanne M. Falzone, D.M.D.
Clinical Professor

Ralph R. Fowler, D.D.S.
Clinical Professor

Anabel Franciskato, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Zina Gambacorta, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Omar L. Ghoneim, D.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Angelica Gil-Levin, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor

Judith Goldstein-Mark, D.D.S.
Associate Clinical Professor

Maria Eugenia Gonzalez, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Herbert Hau, D.M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor

Melissa Ing, D.M.D.
Associate Professor

Frank S. Kam, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Peter S. Katz, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Gregory Kosmidis, D.M.D., M.B.A.
Clinical Instructor

Marilyn Koutrakis-Rivero, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Daniel W. Lee, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Wai Kee Lee, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Bridget Mackey, D.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Linda Marinello, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Damian D. Meola, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Marmar Mesgarzadeh, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Alex Miele, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Aram J. Mirigian, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Shubha Nanda, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Burton M. Ogata, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Eduardo J. Olegario, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Anthony Paolucci, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Aikaterini Papathanasiou, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor

Shivani Patel, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Katerina B. Pellino, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Brendan Prindiville, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

John Ricci, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Nicholas C. Rizos, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Paul S. Shamirian, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Frank Y. Shin, D.M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor

Anthony R. Silvestri, Jr., D.M.D.
Clinical Professor

Iqbal Singh, D.M.D., FICD
Professor

Astrid Soegaard, D.M.D.
Adjunct Instructor

Poonam Soi, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Curtis W. Stathis, D.D.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Sheldon M. Sullaway, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

William T. Sylvia, Jr., D.M.D.
Clinical Professor

T. Sona Tacvorian, D.M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

Mary Catherine Talmo, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

James W. Theodore, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Priyadarshini Trikha, B.D.S., D.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Robert J. Urbon, D.M.D.
Clinical Professor

Angelo Vangos, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Thomas J. Vergo, Jr., D.D.S., FACD, FAAMP
Professor Emeritus

David J. Ward, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Jon H. Wetz, D.D.S.
Professor Emeritus

Sarah Han White, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Sheldon L. Yunes, D.D.S., FAGD
Clinical Instructor

Peyman Beigi, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor