Lines of Research

Lines of Research

Conservative/Restorative ​​Dentistry

1. STUDY OF CARIOUS AND NON-CARIOUS LESIONS, MATERIALS AND OPERATIVE PROCEDURES

Temporomandibular Disorders

1. PHYSIOLOGY AND APPLICATION OF NON-INVASIVE AND/OR MINIMALLY INVASIVE TREATMENTS TO THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT AND MUSCLES OF MASTIGATION.

Anatomy and physiology study of the temporomandibular joint and muscles of mastication and the use of non-invasive techniques, such as thermotherapy, or minimally invasive approaches, such as dry needling in the control of TMD.

Endodontics

1. CLINICAL AND RADIOGRAPHIC EVALUATION & NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO ENDODONTICS

Evaluation of the biological properties of materials, substances, techniques and procedures related to endodontic treatment; epidemiology and tretament protocols for traumatized teeth; instruments and obturation materials: techniques and biocompatibility.

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.

Pediatric Dentistry

1. EPIDEMIOLOGY, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF CHILDHOOD & JUVENILE ORAL DISEASES

To evaluate the epidemiology, diagnosis and impact of oral diseases on the quality of life of children and adolescents. It also aims to investigate treatment options for oral health problems in pregnant women, infants, children and adolescents, based on scientific evidence and the philosophy of minimal intervention.

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 techniques for interception, orthodontic movement and drug-therapy strategies. This line of research also includes evaluation of patient perception.

Oral ​​Pathology and Oral Medicine

1. ETIOPATHOGENESIS AND IMMUNOMODULATION OF NEOPLASTIC AND NON-NEOPLASTIC ORAL DISEASES

Etiopathogenesis, natural history, risk factors, prognostic factors and immunological aspects of oral diseases relating to host response, immunoregulation and the microbioma involved in health/disease processes, including neoplasia, such as extracellular matrix proteins, growth factors, oxidative stress and cell death.

Periodontics

1. 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. In addition, this line of research includes investigations on genetic factors involved in such processes, as well as therapeutic approaches to periodontal diseases.

Prosthetic dentistry

1. PLANNING PROSTHETIC DEVICES, LEVEL OF PATIENT SATISFACTION WITH THEIR PROSTHETIC APPLIANCE AND RESOLUTION OF LESIONS OF THE ORAL MUCOSA

Clinical and laboratory based analyses of dental prosthetic appliance set-up, be it fixed or removable, in terms of mechanics and clinical performance. Surveys on the level of patient and professional satisfaction and quality perception regarding prosthetic devices. Studies on troubleshooting oral mucosal lesions caused by prosthetic devices.

2. PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AS WELL AS MICROBIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF MATERIALS USED IN PROSTHODONTICS

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.

3. IMPLANT-SUPPORTED PROSTHESES AND PROSTHETIC COMPONENTS

Evaluation of the physicomechanical, biological and microbiological performances of implant systems, including prosthetic components, using lab-based, animal, and clinical models.

Dental Radiology

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.

Public Health

1. EVALUATION OF HEALTH POLICIES, PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIONS

Evaluation of programs, interventions, actions, practices, management tools and health services using quantitative and qualitative methods.

2. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH PROMOTION

Investigation of strategies focused on care and assistance directed at the main oral diseases affecting communities. Studies applied to health and disease processes in the community, focusing on morbidity, identification of groups or risk factors and the elaboration of interventional strategies.

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