Mark A. Latta, DMD, MS
Mark A. Latta, DMD, MS

Mark A. Latta, DMD, MS

School of Dentistry


  • General Practice Residency 1983-1984
  • Dental Biomaterials

Academic Appointments


  • General Dentistry


  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Activity

  • Research mentor


Mark A. Latta, D.M.D., M.S., professor of general dentistry, was appointed dean of the School of Dentistry in 2011.  Prior to the dean’s appointment, he served as the Associate Dean for Research at Creighton University School of Dentistry since 1995.  He personally has been awarded more than 140 research grants on prosthetic dental restorative materials, adhesives and bonding and dental material clinical trials.  A speaker and lecturer of international renown, he has published more than 85 manuscripts and more than 200 abstracts and presented at numerous state and national dental association meetings and throughout the world. Prior to joining Creighton, Latta served as director of Research and Development for the Trubyte Division of Dentsply International, York, Penn.  During his industrial career he contributed to or was responsible for more than 20 new dental product introductions and is an inventor or co-inventor of numerous patents.
He earned his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1983, and his master’s degree in oral biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1995. He also spent one year in hospital general practice residency at York Hospital, York, PA.
Dr. Latta, a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists is also a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national honorary dental society.  He has also served as president of the Dental Materials Group and the International Association for Dental Research.

Publications and Presentations


  • Influence of Etching Mode on Enamel Bond Durability of Universal Adhesive Systems., Operative dentistry, 2016
  • Mechanical properties, volumetric shrinkage and depth of cure of short fiber-reinforced resin composite., Dental Materials, 35(3), 418-424, 2016
  • Influence of different etching modes on bond strength and fatigue strength to dentin using universal adhesive systems., Dental Materials, 32, e9-e21, 2016
  • Simulated Wear of Self-Adhesive Resin Cements., Operative dentistry, 41 (3), 327-338, 2016
  • Influence of frequency on shear fatigue strength of resin composite to enamel bonds using self-etch adhesives., Elsevier, 62, 291-298, 2016
  • Influence of duration of phosphoric acid pre-etching on bond durability of universal adhesives and surface free-energy characteristics of enamel., European Journal of Oral Sciences, 214, 377-386, 2016
  • Bonding performance and interfacial characteristics of short fiber-reinforced resin composite in comparison with other composite restoratives., European Journal of Oral Sciences, 124, 301.308, 2016
  • Influence of different pre-etching times on fatigue strength of self-etch adhesives to dentin, European Journal of Oral Sciences, 124, 210-218, 2015
  • Ion release, fluoride charge of and adhesion of an orthodontic cement paste containing microcapsules., J Dent E, 45, 32-38, 2015
  • Influence of water storage on fatigue strength of self-etch adhesives., J Dent E, 43, 1416-1427, 2015
  • Effect of functional monomer (MDP) on the enamel bond durability of single-step self-etch adhesives, European Journal of Oral Sciences, 124, 96-102, 2015
  • Influence of an oxygen-inhibited layer on enamel bonding of dental adhesive systems: surface free-energy perspectives, European Journal of Oral Sciences, 124, 82-88, 2015
  • Localized and generalized simulated wear of resin composites., Operative dentistry, 40(3), 322-335, 2015
  • Mechanical Properties and Sliding-impact Wear Resistance of Self-adhesive Resin Cements., Operative dentistry, 41(3), e83-e92, 2015
  • Mechanical Properties and Simulated Wear of Provisional Resin Materials., Operative dentistry, 40(6), 603-613, 2014
  • Effect of Phosphoric Acid Pre-etching on Fatigue Limits of Self-etching Adhesives., Operative dentistry, 40(4), 379-395, 2014
  • The control of phosphate ion release from ion permeable microcapsules formulated into rosin varnish and resin glaze., Dental Materials, 29, 804-813, 2013

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Dental biomaterials Re-mineralizing materials Clinical Trials

Current Research Projects

  • Predicting longevity of dental adhesives and cements Micro-encapsulated re-mineralizing agents for preventive dentistry