January 2023

The network's 2022 Year in Review

2022 was another productive year for our network! Recall that our over-arching goal is to improve the nation’s oral health by improving the knowledge base for everyday clinical decision-making and moving the latest evidence into routine care. Much was accomplished! For example,  

  • study results were published in 17 peer-reviewed scientific publications in 2022, and another 5 were accepted for publication
  • data collection for 11 studies since 2020 has now been completed. Two studies are currently in data collection (Post-operative Pain Study and Dental Implant Registry), and at least another two are planned for 2023. 
  • network practitioners and investigators provided 10 peer-reviewed national research presentations, and 47 non-peer-reviewed presentations and publications. Our mantra continues to be: disseminate, disseminate, disseminate! 

With the launch of several new studies and planned presentations and publications from the network’s current studies, 2023 promises to be an exciting year.  We also look forward to having face-to-face practitioner meetings in 2024.   


Thank you for making it happen! 

Gregg H. Gilbert, DDS, MBA, FAAHD, FACD, FICD

National Network Director

2022 Publications Highlights

Here are some key findings from the network’s 2022 publications:

Access to all network publications

Current & Upcoming Studies in 2023

Post-Operative Pain - POPS

Participate in this study investigating management of pain up to 3 weeks after dental procedures. Aided by an mHealth text messaging platform, practitioners monitor pain experiences of their patients undergoing potentially painful dental procedures. Do not miss the chance to better communicate with your patients and contribute to the science of dental pain. Join now!  Read more

Dental Implant Registry

Consider joining the dentists who are creating the first National implant registry funded by NIDCR. You will enroll 10 to 15 patients with dental implants, at the time of prosthesis placement, and conduct one clinical examination every year for 3 years to investigate the success of implant therapy. Read more

Free Samples for Health - FreSH

Inviting all practitioners from the Network’s Midwest and Northeast Regions (only) to participate in this trial to help their patients quit smoking. Dentists will enroll patients who smoke, and then deliver a brief intervention called Ask-Advise-Refer. Patients will receive a free bag containing an electric toothbrush or Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) samples. If you are a network member from the Midwest and Northeast regions, register for the webinar on Jan 27th to learn more about the study. Read more

Mental Health Screenings - MSDP

Practitioners from the Network’s South Central Region (only) will participate in this study to investigate the feasibility of integrating mental health screenings and treatment referrals into dental practice workflows. If you are a member from the South Central Region and want to participate, contact us.

To join a clinical study, contact us today!

Member Testimonial

Randall Palmore, DMD, MAGD  

The Dental Health Center, Pinson, AL

“Throughout my dental adventure, I have seen the need to stay current due to the rapidly changing technology and materials used in our profession. One of the most profound changes that occurred in 2005 was the opportunity to actually participate in real world research in my own private practice with the establishment of the Practice Based Research Network (PBRN). This was a game changer for my practice and my career professionally, allowing me to be a part of hands-on research.  

Our patients fully supported and appreciated our attention and devotion to staying current regarding their care and treatment. Also, having the privilege of presenting study outcomes with my colleagues from all over the world at our regional meetings has been a tremendous way to connect with other dentists and improve my communication, presentation and speaking skills. 

I encourage all of my dental colleagues to join the PBRN early in your career and discover a wonderful aspect of dentistry that will greatly impact your journey.” Read more


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The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

(grants U19-DE-028717 and U01-DE-028727)

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