Innovative mDentistry eHygiene study shows promise in dental care

The mDentistry eHygiene study, conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic by a  research team lead by Xiao and Kopycka-Kedzierawski from the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, introduces an innovative approach to dental care, which combines traditional dentistry with virtual visits supported by mobile devices and mHealth tools. The study involved 85 patients and 18 dental healthcare professionals across 12 practices of the Network. The study results were recently published, and it points to the potential of mDentistry and AI in transforming oral healthcare. 

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Molar Incisor Hypomineralization

Managing permanent first molars with demarcated opacities suggestive of molar incisor hypomineralization has been a challenge to clinicians on many aspects.  We would like to invite you to complete a Quick Poll about the clinical challenges when managing newly erupted molars affected by molar hypomineralization or molar incisor hypomineralization. 

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Researcher Spotlight

Dr. Sumit Yadav, Professor and Chairman at the Department of Growth and Development at the UNMC College of Dentistry with over 20 years in academic research, says of the National Dental PBRN, "[it] engages practicing dentists and specialists in asking and answering their treatment modality and plans for dental care. [It] also engages dentists and specialists in large network research projects, which helps to overcome the problems associated with academic single/multi center research”. 

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Dr. Sumit Yadav

2023 Studies

The Mental Health Screening and Referral to Treatment in Dental Practices (MSDP) has successfully concluded. Five practitioners from the South Central Region of the Network screened 5 to 8 patients for mental health concerns and provided referrals, when needed. The study evaluated the feasibility of integrating mental health screenings and referrals into dental practice workflows. Results and lessons learned from this study will be published soon.  

Mental Health Screening and Referral to Treatment in Dental Practices - MSDP

Join the 90 practitioners nationwide who have started data collection for almost 700 implants, bringing us closer to our goal of 2,000 implants. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute to this pioneering effort and help improve dental implant therapy outcomes! The registry aims to investigate the success of implant therapy and the rate of complications by tracking 2,000 total dental implants nationwide. This is the first national implant restoration registry funded by the NIH/NIDCR. By enrolling just 10 patients with dental implants at the time of prosthesis placement and following them for three years, you can contribute to this groundbreaking study.

Dental Implant Restoration Registry - DIRR

The POPS study is an exciting research project that aims to provide insight into pain experienced by patients after dental procedures. The goal is to recruit 170 practitioners to enroll a maximum of 3,147 patients who have undergone a surgical dental procedure. With approximately 150 practitioners and over 2,000 patients participating already, the POPS study is in its final stretch. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this research and contribute to the understanding of pain management in dental procedures.

Post-Operative Pain  - POPS

PAAS is our new research study that aims to test adjunctive antibiotics for the treatment of periodontitis. The goal is to recruit 36 practitioners from the South Central, South Western, and Western regions to enroll 544 patients who have periodontitis and are undergoing scaling and root planing. This randomized controlled trial will test the effectiveness of adjunctive antibiotics (Amoxicillin + Metronidazole) versus placebo for the treatment of periodontitis. Contact us if you are interested! 

Periodontal Adjunctive Antibiotics - PAAS
To join a clinical study, contact us today!

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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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