Departments & Divisions
Karen Troendle, B.A., D.D.S., M.P.H.
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Dr. Troendle joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry in 1977 as an instructor and rose to the rank of Professor with Tenure in 2010. Dr. Troendle has had multiple teaching responsibilities over 44 plus years at the School of Dentistry. She has emerged as an expert and leader in the field of Operative Dentistry. She directs the preclinical Operative Dentistry courses where students learn the basics of preparing and restoring teeth. She also directs the clinical DS3 Course where clinical experience is supplemented with didactic information. She helps supervise approximately 24 DS3 and DS4 students as core faculty for General Practice Group 2. Because of her experience in the field, Dr. Troendle serves as the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry Director for Direct Restorations to coordinate all the curricular activities in this area. She also serves on a pre-doctoral leaders group to work with the Division Head, to advise the chair on issues critical to the pre-doctoral program.
Dr. Troendle has been instrumental in developing and adopting new technologies for her teaching. She has developed a system of artificial decay that simulates demineralized tooth structure. This allows the dental students to develop their clinical skills in the preclinical setting using teeth more closely simulating the clinical situation than any other dental school in the country. External to our institution, Dr. Troendle developed a program entitled: Promoting Oral Health in South Texas Elderly. In this program she developed educational material in English and Spanish and trained over 500 nurses aides and other caregivers on oral health delivery to the elderly. This program was awarded the Geriatric Dental Health Care Award by the American Dental Association and was adopted for training programs in Nevada and Kansas. As a result of this work and her teaching expertise in Operative dentistry, Dr. Troendle has given multiple continuing education courses to dentists, nurses aides, dental hygienists, and dental assistants throughout the country. Her reputation as a dental educator was recognized by two other dental schools as they were being developed. She was asked to develop the Operative Dentistry curriculum for East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and served as consultant to develop the faculty development program for Roseman College of Dental Medicine in Utah. In documentation of her teaching accomplishments, Dr. Troendle has published 23 articles, three book chapters, and two monographs.
Dr. Troendle has been recognized multiple times by students and peers for her extraordinary contributions to teaching. She has served multiple years as an Assistant Marshall at the School of Dentistry graduation. The Marshalls are chosen by dental students they have instructed, and this is one of the highest honors bestowed by students. In 2002 she received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2011 she was designated as a Distinguished Teaching Professor and served as the President of The UTHSCSA Academy of Master Teachers. In 2014 she received the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry Excellence in Pre-doctoral Teaching Award. In 2014 the department of Comprehensive Dentistry created the Tom Nowlin Endowed Professorship in Restorative Dentistry. This was named for one of our former faculty, Dr. Tom Nowlin. Endowed by Dr. Nowlin’s family, this is “to be is awarded to the faculty member who makes the greatest teaching contributions in the field of Restorative Dentistry”. In 2015 Dr. Troendle was awarded the coveted Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
- 1994 - MPH - Public Health - UTHSC Houston School of Public Health (San Antonio Branch)
- 1977 - DDS - Dentistry - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 1973 - BA - Biology - St. Mary's University
- 9/2010 - Distinguished Teaching Professor - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Comprehensive Dentistry, San Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 8/2018 - Present, DFRD 6006 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry
- 12/2017 - Present, Pre-Doctoral Student Supervision, UT DENTAL SCH AT SAN ANTONIO
- 1/2012 - 8/2020, General Dentistry Seminar, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 8/2003 - 5/2021, Operative Dentistry Clinic, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 8/1996 - Present, Esthetic Dentistry, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 9/1984 - Present, Individual Instruction, UTHSCSA Dental School
*1. Guest GF, Ongiko R, Gureckis KM, Mansueto MA, Parma RR, Troendle KB, Summitt JB. Online resources to support theimplementation of a dental school preclinical simulation laboratory [abstract 23]. American Dental Education Association; 2008Feb. p. 253. (J Dent Educ; vol. 72, no. 2).
*2. Grisanti, LP, Troendle K, Summitt J. Support of enamel provided by bonded restorations [Abstract 1258]. 2002 Mar. (J DentRes 81(SI -A):A-175; vol. 81, no. SI-A).
*3. Witte, M, Troendle K, O‘Haver, W, Mejia A, Titus H, Garcia-Godoy, F. Dentin Conditioning and Microleakage of Glass-ionomerRestorations 2000. (J Dent Res (Special Issue); vol. 79).
*4. Latino, C, Summitt J, Troendle K. Support of occlusal enamel provided by restorative materials [Abstract 347]. 1999 Mar. (JDent Res 78(SI):149).
*5. Sadowsky, J, Troendle KB, Lopez Howell M, Cornell JE, Saunders MJ. Validity Assessment of Nurses‘ Oral Health Appraisalof Nursing Facility Residents [Abstract 347]. 1998 Sep. (J of the Am Geriatrics Society 46(9)).
*6. Troendle KB, Lopez Howell M, Saunders MJ, Hudepohl NC. Promoting Oral Health in South Texas Elderly: An InstructionalPackage for Nurse Aides and Other Caregivers [Abstract 1257]. 1995 Mar. (J Dent Res 74(SI):169).
*7. Haynes H, Troendle KB, Hendrickson William D, Suddick RP, Wood Robert C. Comparison of Visual-Spatial Test Results inTwo Groups of Freshmen [Abstract167]. 1995. p. 217-217. (J Dent Ed; vol. 60, no. 127).
*8. Saunders MJ, Marshall TD, Sobieralski J, Troendle KB, Marshall CE, Howell ML. Tobacco/Alcohol/Diabetes and OralPathology in the Elderly 1989 Mar. (J Dent Res; vol. 68, no. 191).
*9. Sobieralski J, Saunders MJ, Marshall TD, Troendle KB, Marshall CE, Howell ML. Tooth Loss and Denture Status in the UrbanElderly 1989 Mar. (J Dent Res; vol. 68, no. 191).
*10. Troendle KB, Rugh JD, Troendle GR. Variability of Clinical and Electromyographic Rest Position and Measurement Errors1982 Mar. (J Dent Res; vol. 61, no. 227).
*11. Troendle GR, Troendle KB, Rugh JD. Electromyographic Determination of Mandibular Rest Position 1980 Mar. (J Dent Res,Special Issue A; vol. 59, no. 494).
1.Karen B. Troendle Roger G. Troendle. The Theory and Practice of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics, 8th Edition In: Individualtooth preparations Section C Partial Veneer Crowns. St. Louis Missouri: Ishiyaku EuroAmerica, Inc.; 1989.
2.Troendle KB Gureckis KM. Chapter 14: Non-carious Cervical Lesions: Etiology, Prevalence, and Management In: Troendle KBGureckis KM. Dental Erosion and its Clinical Management. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th FL., New York 10036: Springer;
3.Troendle KB Connor JP Gureckis KM. Operative Dentistry and Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning for theStudent/General Practitioner In: Troendle KB Connor JP Gureckis KM. Physical Evaluation and Treatment Planning in DentalPractice, Second Edition. 1606 Golden Aspen Drive Suite 104 Ames, IA 50010 US: John Wiley & Son; 2021.
1.Troendle KB, Howell, M, Saunders MJ. Oral Care Handbook UTHSCSA: South Texas Health Research Center; 1993. 16 p.
2.Troendle KB Howell, M, Saunders MJ. Manual Para El Cuidado Bucal UTHSCSA: South Texas Health Research Center; 1993.16 p.
*1. Connor JP, Troendle KB. Perspectives on the dental school learning environment: putting theory X and theory Y into action indental education. J Dent Educ. 2008 Dec;72(12):1436-1439.
*2. Connor, JP, Troendle K. Perspectives on the dental school learning environment: theory X, theory Y, and situationalleadership applied to dental education. J Dent Educ. 2007 Aug;71(8):977-982.
*3. Grisanti LP, Troendle KB, Summitt JB. Support of occlusal enamel provided by bonded restorations. Oper Dent 2004Jan;29(1):49-53.
*4. Latino, C, Troendle K, Summitt JB. Support of undermined occlusal enamel provided by restorative materials Quintessence Int2001 Apr;32(4):287-291.
5. Troendle KB, Nicholson JW, Berry TG. Adhesive Restorative Materials: A new era in dentistry Dental Teamwork 1996 Nov:19-24.
6.Troendle K, Berry T. Provisional restorations. Guidelines for a custom fit, oral hygiene care Dental Teamwork 1996 Jan;9(1):23-27.
7.Berry T, Troendle K. Provisional Restorations: Guidelines for proper selection and placement Dental Teamwork 1995Nov;8(6):25-29.
*8. Berry TG, Nicholson J, Troendle K. Almost two centuries with amalgam: where are we today? J Am Dent Assoc. 1994Apr;125(4):1170-1172.
*9. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. Polyvinyl siloxane as a disclosing medium. J Prosthet Dent 1992 Dec;68(6):983-984.
*10. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. Making an instrument for smoothing the detailed occlusal anatomy of a wax pattern. J ProsthetDent 1992 Nov;68(5):851-853.
*11. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. An indicator for fitting castings to a die. J Prosthet Dent 1992 Oct;68(4):708-710.
*12. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. Making a coping for an esthetic veneer crown. J Prosthet Dent 1992 Sep;68(3):549-552.
*13. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. Equipping a dental laboratory: fabricating a pressure pot. J Prosthet Dent 1992 Jun;67(6):887-889.
*14. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. Equipping a dental laboratory: making a shell blaster. J Prosthet Dent 1992 Apr;67(4):563-566.
*15. Troendle GR, Troendle KB, Cavazos E. Film thickness of four disclosing media.
J Prosthet Dent 1991 Jun;65(6):856-857.
*16. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. Equipping a dental laboratory: making a plaster trap.
J Prosthet Dent 1991 May;65(5):723-724.
*17. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. Equipping a dental laboratory: making a dust and particle container. J Prosthet Dent 1991Apr;65(4):586-588.
*18. Schelb E, Cavazos E, Troendle KB, Prihoda TJ. Surface detail reproduction of Type IV dental stones with selected polyvinylsiloxane impression materials. Quintessence Int 1991 Jan;22(1):51-55.
*19. Schelb, E, Cavazos E, Kaiser DA, Troendle K, Prihoda TJ. Compatibility of type IV dental stones with polyether impressionmaterials J Prosthet Dent 1988 Nov;60(5):540-542.
*20. Troendle GR, Troendle KB. An alternate technique for dowel pin placement. J Prosthet Dent 1986 Oct;56(4):512-513.
*21. Troendle KB, Canales ML, Richardson JT. Temporary replacement of missing maxillary incisors. J Prosthet Dent 1986Feb;55(2):277-279.
*22. Troendle KB, Cavazos E, Troendle GR. A simple method of boxing rubber base impressions. J Prosthet Dent 1983Nov;50(5):735-737.
*23. Troendle KB, Troendle GR, Cavozos E. Positioning dowel pins for removable dies. J Prosthet Dent 1981 Nov;46(5):575-578.
Evidence Based Synopses coauthored with students Indexed by TRIP Database
Williamson, Mark Troendle, Karen. Currently Available Radiometers Are Not An Adequate Way for Clinicians to Evaluate theEffectiveness of Their Curing Lights UTHSCSA CAT Library 2014 April
Poupart K Troendle KB. Amalgam Versus Resin Composite Restorative Materials to Prevent Secondary
Caries Via Antibacterial Properties UTHSCSA CAT Library 2013 March
Chang, S Troendle, KB Mercury Leakage from Amalgam Restorations due to Carbamide Peroxide UTHSCSA CAT Library 2013March
Nguyen, H Troendle, KB Dentin Sensitive Toothpaste Does Effectively Reduce Tooth Sensitivity UTHSCSA CAT Library 2013 February
Nakashima, N Troendle, KB Mouthrinses with Chemotherapeutic Agents are Effective Treaments for Halitosis
Arsalan Khan, M Troendle KB Similar Success of Bonded Amalgam vs. Pin-Retained Restorations for Complex Amalgam Restorations 2010 April
Konkright, R Troendle, KB The Effect of a Total Etch Adhesive System Versus Calcium Hydroxide in Pulpal Protection of Primary Molars 2010 April
*Boeselt K (Dr. Troendle‘s maiden name), Schwartz D. Full Crown Preparation Health Science Consortium Self-InstructionalMaterials in Dentistry 1977 Jan