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Dentsply Sirona's visions is to deliver innovative dental solutions to improve oral health worldwide. This vision cannot be achieved without a strong commitment to scientific discovery. One way we encourage innovative thinking is through our longstanding support of the SCADA program. SCADA was launched as a joint venture between then, DENTSPLY International and the American Dental Association in 1959 during the centennial session of the ADA in New York City.


SCADA's mission is to advance the art and science of dentistry by introducing predoctoral students to the world of dental research. By immersing themselves in research, students learn how to apply the scientific method to best serve their patients, as well as broaden their understanding of career opportunities in dentistry. In fact, many of today's dental educations were first drawn to academics through SCADA.

Dentsply Sirona is proud to support and advocate for student dental research. "When you look at our researchers, when you look at our department chairs, when you look at our deans, many of them are former SCADA clinicians," notes Richard Tatum, DDS, MPH, past president of SCADA.  

Global Student Clinician Research Program

U.S. Student Clinician Research Program