Research in the Spotlight

In this section, we highlight a selection of the recent research produced by faculty and students at the Dugoni School. A larger list of published research can be found on the Publications page.

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Neurotrophins BDNF and NT4/5 accelerate dental pulp stem cell migration

NTs could promote the migration of DPSCs to where they can regenerate tissue.

Systemic Immunologic Consequences of Chronic Periodontitis

The effects of gum disease show up in the immune system.

Spotlight on: Foreign Particles in Gingival Tissue

Certain persistant gum lesions are linked to a common culprit — silica particles coming from dental materials and over-the-counter oral health products.

Predicting adult facial type from mandibular landmark data at young ages

What landmarks are useful for determining future facial type?

Chlamydia pneumoniae is present in the dental plaque of periodontitis patients and stimulates an inflammatory response in gingival epithelial cells
Chlamydia pneumoniae and Gum Disease

This bacterium causes respiratory infections - it may play a role in gum disease too.

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Evaluating Outcomes of Computer-Based Classroom Testing

Dental students make the transition from paper to computer at exam time. How did it go?

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Dental Care for Geriatric and Special Needs Populations

A review of special considerations to take when treating patients in these groups.

Resorbable versus Titanium Plates for Orthognathic Surgery

Which plate type is more effective for the fixation of facial bones after corrective jaw surgery?

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Nonviral Vector Shows Promising Transfection Activity Levels

Cells undergoing division are much more susceptible to non-viral vector-mediated gene delivery.

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Dental Caries: An Update on Dental Trends and Therapy

A review of caries risk assessment in children, and the role of oral health professionals and other medical professionals.

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Orafacial Pain

Categorizing types of pain to help dentists avoid unnecessary treatments, provide lasting relief.

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Caring for Patients Who Use Meth

Research aimed at mitigating the negative effects of methamphetamine use and improving patient care.

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Parameters Affecting Mechanical and Thermal Responses in Bone Drilling

Research looking at the current techniques of bone drilling and examining the effects of bone structure, drill-bit geometry and more.

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The Mouth's Immune Response to Bacteria

Researchers find that Fusobacterium nucleatum sets off a cascade of responses by the immune system in the mouth.

Avoiding Needlesticks

A modified technique for administering anesthesia.

Improving the Medical Curriculum

How best to prepare dental students to treat patients with medically complex conditions?

Effect of Root Canal Treatment with Novel Tool

A study looking at how teeth handle stress loads after a root canal is performed using particular methods and tools.

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Anesthesia Injection Research Garners Awards

Students Robin Lambert and Riddhima Suri are receiving notice for research exploring a modified technique to administer anesthetic.

Phototoxicity of Liposomal Zn- and Al-Phthalocyanine

How effective are they against cervical and oral squamous cell carcinoma cells in vitro?

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Detection of Early-Stage Oral Cancer by Dental Hygienists

A survey assessing dental hygienists' knowledge and ability to detect early-stage lesions, and the factors that impact their success rate.

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The (Potentially Preventable) Cost of Care

This study looked at rates and costs of surgical oral care for children enrolled in Medicaid.

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A SMART Restoration Technique

A technique to halt decay and seal teeth in a single appointment using two products.