School of Dental Medicine

Regrowing dental tissue with stem cells from baby teeth

In a clinical trial led by Songtao Shi of the School of Dental Medicine, stem cells extracted from baby teeth were used to regrow the living tissue in teeth damaged by injury. The promising findings highlight the potential of dental stem cells, which could be used in a wide range of dental procedures, or treating certain systemic diseases.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Mentoring program introduces high school students to dentistry

The Summer Mentorship Program introduces first-generation and under-represented high school students in Philadelphia to higher education possibilities, including Penn Dental School's four-week immersion program that includes hands-on experience and mentorship with current dental students.

Penn Today Staff

Ice cream conundrum

The refreshing delight of ice cream on a hot summer day has its dangers: tooth sensitivity and the familiar feeling of “brain freeze.” Scientists break down the causes of the discomfort we are so willing to endure.

Jacob Williamson-Rea

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Dentists Urged to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to Prevent Addiction

The School of Dental Medicine’s Elliot Hersh commented on Pennsylvania’s legal requirement that doctors screen patient histories for signs of opioid abuse. Hersh stated that for many dental patients over the counter pain relief can be just as effective.


Newsworks (WHYY-FM)

Leftover Painkillers Driving Opioid Crisis, Penn Researcher Says

Peggy Compton of the School of Nursing and Elliot V. Hersh of the School of Dental Medicine are quoted about participating in a panel discussion about the opioid crisis, along with Kyle Kampman of the Perelman School of Medicine, Mary Robinson of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Jeffrey Saven of the School of Arts & Sciences.


Philadelphia Inquirer

What Diabetic Mice Can Teach Us About Keeping Teeth Healthy

Dana Graves of the School of Dental Medicine is featured for researching the consequences of poorly managed diabetes on tooth and gum health.


The Washington Post

She’s a Rare Breed: A Dentist Who Makes Housecalls to the Elderly

A profile of the School of Dental Medicine’s Alisa Kauffman, a geriatric dentist who makes house calls.


Indian Express

How Diabetes Fosters Gum Disease

Dana Graves of the School of Dental Medicine is quoted on the connection between diabetes and gum disease.