Patient Care

Get To Yes

“Welcome to a new day for Minnesotans on public programs who want to seek dental care,” Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, PhD, chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care, proclaimed Wednesday, October 20.

CBCT Technology

The School of Dentistry has made a major investment in the future of 3D imaging, thanks to the work of two faculty specialists. Now, they are on a mission to educate more dental professionals in the process.

Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota

2021 marks thirty years of research, collaboration, and advocacy for the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, and the School of Dentistry has been a part of its research mission every step of the way.

Boyen Huang, DDS, MHA, PhD

A CGHSR Global Health Seed fund, along with two other recent grant awards, will propel a teledentistry effort focused on identifying and treating dental trauma.

Feigal Symposium - This image was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. All safety protocols remain in place in our clinics.

An upcoming Continuing Dental Education symposium will provide insights into essential issues in pediatric dentistry, including caring for special needs and LGBTQ+ young people.

The Robert J. Feigal Lectureship in Pediatric Dentistry, created in 2006, will take place September 17, 2021, with an in-person and Zoom option. The funded lectureship seeks to honor the active creative dialogue Fiegal, a pediatric dentist for 30 years, sought out among thoughtful people.

Masks are required in Moos Tower

This past month, Governor Walz lifted the mandatory mask mandate and University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel communicated updated guidelines for the University of Minnesota. 

Researching the spread of COVID-19

A collaborative effort between University of Minnesota researchers and clinicians made a real-life, immediate impact on patient care and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Without this expertise, I don’t believe our clinics would have opened up as soon as they did,” said Paul Olin, DDS, MS, Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota, of the project.


In March 2020, as the United States scrambled to lock down and slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, routine dental work slowed to a halt. Unable to keep up with needed PPE and in response to executive orders preventing non-emergent care, Minnesota dentists couldn’t see their patients. Revenue stopped -- and yet, toothaches and mouth sores and questions of “is this normal?” continued.

How could patients receive the care they needed without wasting time and money in the emergency room?

Justin McHugh

When Justin McHugh was growing up, he knew one thing: he was going to be a Gopher someday.

An athletic kid who excelled in hockey, baseball, and football, he had his eyes set on the University of Minnesota. “I grew up loving the maroon and gold,” he said. Combined with his desire to pursue athletics, the ability to explore “just about anything anyone would want” in academics, and advice from his dad to embrace the University’s history and local connections, it was an easy choice to make.

A Message from the Dean

This reflection is challenging to write, as it is difficult to truly capture and appreciate the progress, the successes, and the perseverance while looking back on the lost.