Lines of Research

Lines of Research

Dental Clinics

 

1. IMAGING AND RADIOGRAPHIC CEPHALOMETRICS
A critical study of cephalometric analyses and their correlation with other imaging techniques (2D & 3D) for assessment, diagnosis and interpretation of maxillo-mandibular alterations.

 

2. CARIOLOGY, EPIDEMIOLOGY, DIAGNOSIS OF ORAL DISEASES AND HEALTH PROMOTION
This line of research encompasses health and disease processes at the individual and public-wide levels, focusing on understanding the etiology and pathophysiology of disease, as well as the investigation of strategies aimed at care, control and treatment of oral diseases.

 

3. PROSTHETIC  DENTISTRY AND IMPLANTS
Clinical and laboratory based analyses of dental prosthetics set-up, be it fixed, removable and implant-supported, in terms of mechanics as well as clinical performance. Epidemiology of TMD and surveys on patient and professional satisfaction and quality perception regarding prosthetic devices.

 

4. ETIOPATHOGENESIS AND IMMUNOMODULATION OF ORAL DISEASES
Etiopathogenesis, natural history, risk factors and immunological aspects of oral diseases relating to host response, immunoregulation and the microbioma involved in health/disease processes, including neoplasia. In addition, this line of research includes investigations on genetic factors involved in such processes, as well as therapeutic approaches to disease, e.g. pharmacological and laser therapy.

 

5. DIRECT AND INDIRECT RESTORATIVE AND ENDODONTIC MATERIALS: PHYSICOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES, MECHANICS AND MICROBIOLOGICAL ASPECTS

Physicochemical and mechanical properties of dental materials by means of finite element or photoelastic analyses, including adhesive/bonding systems, cements, composite and acrylic resins, ceramic systems, impressions and impression materials, root canal retainers/posts, endodontic instruments, ceramic systems and alloys used in oral/dental rehabilitation. Microbiological evaluation of restorative materials, either direct, indirect and/or laboratory-based as well as chemical substances for disinfection of prostheses, impressions and cast models.

 

​​Implant Dentistry

 

1. OSSEOINTEGRATION, RECONSTRUCTIVE AND REGENERATIVE GRAFTING
Critical study of the bone-implant contact (BIC) interface as well as the implant-gingival mucosa complex in terms of preservation and clinical follow-up. Evaluation of techniques, mucogingival procedures, drug-therapy protocols and biomaterials used in reconstructive and regenerative surgery.

 

Orthodontics

 

1. BIOENGENEERING IN ORTHODONTICS
Development and application of equipment, instruments and medication directed to hard/soft tissue needs. Research and development on technological and biological factors involved in the relationship between tissues and biomaterials used in Orthodontics.

 

2. CRANIOFACIAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Critical study and analysis of craniofacial development relating to various approaches for orthodontic interception, orthodontic movement and drug-therapy strategies. This line of research also includes evaluation of patient perception.

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