Clinical Comprehensive Dentistry

Comprehensive Dentistry

Dental Hygiene

Diagnostic Sciences


Operative Dentistry

Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


Pediatric Dentistry



Department of Comprehensive Dentistry

A. Dale Ehrlich, MS, DDS
Department Head
Associate Professor

LSUHSC School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Avenue, Box 137
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: 504-941-8257
E. E. Jeansonne Clinic Building Room #5413

The Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials is one of nine clinical science departments at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry (LSUSD). The department is responsible for preclinical and clinical instruction in operative dentistry, diagnostic sciences and biomaterials to the predoctoral students. Courses in laboratory procedures as well as senior electives in dental photography and effective use of dental assistants are taught by department faculty. Biomaterials courses are taught to dental and dental hygiene students as well as to graduate students. Departmental offices are located on the third, fifth, and sixth floors.

The department grew significantly during the 2009-2010 school year and now is composed of the following five divisions:

The first two divisions are directly involved with teaching comprehensive dentistry to the third- and fourth-year dental students in the student clinic. Research interests in the department include developing dental filling materials that inhibit dental decay, improving mechanical and physical properties of existing dental filling materials, and clinical evaluation of dental restorative materials. The Division of Dental Hygiene offers a two-year program and interacts with the first three divisions in clinic and several didactic courses taught by the dental faculty. The General Practice Residency (GPR), the only advanced education program in the department, is divided between two locations: the Interim Louisiana Hospital in New Orleans and at the LSU Surgical Facility, Baton Rouge.

Several faculty members within the department are active members of the school's Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology. Faculty members frequently collaborate on funded projects with other departments within the Health Sciences Center as well as with other institutions.

Departmental objectives are to build a strong clinical, teaching and research department in which all faculty members contribute to the success of the institution and the education of the developing dentist. Ultimately our goal is to further the success of LSUSD by gaining national and international recognition for the school and Louisiana State University.

Click here for a list of full-time faculty members in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials.

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