The primary mission of the Department of General Practice is to educate general practitioners of dentistry within the scope of areas of the department's responsibility. Within this mission is the definition and provision of quality oral health care to the public and educating dental students to be capable of providing preventive and treatment services in an ethical and professional manner. Implicit in this mission statement is the directive that the department will continue to respond to the existing and future primary dental care needs of the people in the Commonwealth.

The department will assume a prominent role in research and other scholarly activity and provide future practitioners the access to the development of problem solving and technological skills necessary to remain a competent professional. Consistent with the mission of the School of Dentistry, the department will encourage the development of faculty to become leaders in dental education, research, and organized dentistry.