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The Department of Prosthodontics is very active in supporting the school’s mission of excellence in dental research. In addition to their educational roles, many department faculty members spend time pursuing research interests and are routinely published in research journals. Below is a summary, by the faculty member, of those efforts.
Dr. De Kok’s main research interests include dental implants complications, patient outcomes with dental implant therapy and epigenetic changes around peri-implantitis.
Dr. Duqum’s research interests include the educational and clinical applications of digital dentistry, in addition to the clinical application of implant therapy and contemporary dental materials.
Dr. Essick is an investigator of research conducted within the School of Dentistry’s Center for Pain Research and Innovation. His most current and expanding research involves studies of the association between sleep-disordered breathing and oral disease/disorders, such as periodontal disease and temporomandibular disorder.
Dr. Minsley’s major research interests have involved airflow pressures and respiratory volumes following surgery, and effects of bone irradiation on the osseointegration of titanium dental implants.
The department has been active in hiring several volunteer pre-dental students to serve as research/teaching assistants on several future research projects. We would like to encourage pre-dental students from universities in the area to inquire about research internship opportunities. We would like to congratulate Warren Byrd on his acceptance into the UNC School of Dentistry DDS Class of 2018 and wish him the best of luck!