A program that focuses on the scientific study of the biomaterials and inert and active compounds used in dental procedures; the development of dental materials; and their effects on the living tissues of the oral cavity and systemic bodily health. Includes instruction in materials science, dental bioengineering, biocompatibility of materials, physics and mechanics of dental materials, elastic and plastic deformation, surface bonding, and applications to fixed and removable prostheses and restorative procedures.

Dental Materials Careers in Dentistry

A program that focuses on the scientific study of the biomaterials and inert and active compounds used in dental procedures; the development of dental materials, particularly bioresorbable or biocompatible materials, and the effects of such materials on the living tissues of the oral cavity and systemic bodily health. Includes instruction in materials science, dental bioengineering, biocompatibility of materials, physics and mechanics of dental materials, elastic and plastic deformation, surface bonding, and applications to fixed and removable prostheses and restorative procedures. One currently very active area of development in the scientific study of dental biomaterials is the 3D printing of dental crowns, dental implants, dental veneers, and even full upper and lower dentures.

See this article for a discussion of the ways 3D printing technology is revolutionizing the dental biomaterials industry.

 The study and practice of dental biomaterials and bioprocessing methodologies is an important and emerging field allied to the clinical practice of dentistry. One does not however have to be a dentist to study or research in this field. Likewise even one who is an expert or who has had doctorate-level education in this field cannot engage in the clinical practice of dentistry or even sit for a licensing examination.

The American Dental Association does not tabulate or vet the many undergraduate, programs in dental biomaterials. As always, research, research, research the options available for the expense of your tuition dollars, and buyer beware.