Dentists Gather to Sink Their Teeth into Bench-to-Chairside Research

This month more than 100 dentists and other oral health care providers from the northeast U.S. gathered in Rochester as part of one of the largest translational research

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(l to r) Drs. Teresa Skalyo, Philip Epstein, Janice Pliszczak, Samuel Barr, John Comisi, Luiz Fujimoto, Susan Zemmel

efforts nationwide aimed at improving the public’s oral health.

The group is part of the National Dental Practice Based Research Network, funded by a $67 million National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant. The lead institution is the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Eastman Institute for Oral Health houses one of the six U.S. regional centers and is responsible for research activities in the northeast. The Network is a consortium of nearly 5,000 U.S. providers representing dental practices and clinics who are devoted to conducting research with practical impact on care, paying special

Drs. Edward Chappelle and John Martin

Drs. Edward Chappelle and John Martin

attention to topics that lack good evidence.

One such topic is treatment of cracked teeth. The National Dental PBRN will create a registry of information about cracked teeth, collected by network members over four years to identify a wide variety of characteristic s associated with initial symptoms, treatments and outcomes.

Dental Hygienists Karen Glomboski and Patricia Swanson

Dental Hygienists Karen Glomboski and Patricia Swanson

The Network’s northeast region hosted the meeting this month to provide a forum for members to share previous experiences, and to discuss optimal research methodology in a private practice setting.

Practitioners presented results of previous practice-based studies, and others shared topics they would like to see studied among the network or are already approved protocol. “These

Attendees working in small groups on effective methodologies

Attendees worked in small groups on effective methodologies

include dentin hypersensitivity treatment and common practices of head and neck exams for oral cancer in dental offices,” explained Cyril Meyerowitz, DDS, MS, former EIOH director and principal investigator for the network’s northeast region. Topics under development in the northeast include diagnosis and treatment of salivary dysfunction in dental offices, impact of new anticoagulants on bleeding in dental offices, and dental hygienists approach to oral disease prevention, among others.

Attendees discussing how to close the gap from bench to chairside in dental practices.

Attendees discussed how to close the gap from bench to chairside in dental practices.

“Being a member of the network has expanded my view of dental care,” said Allan J. Horowitz, DDS, a member of the practitioner advisory group who practices in King of Prussia, PA. “It brings fresh insight into what I do on a daily basis. It has enhanced the excitement that my staff brings to work every day, and our patients appreciate and want to be a part of the vision of improving dentistry into the future.”

More photos below:

The official National Dental PBRN Selfie!

The official National Dental PBRN Selfie!

Drs. Patrick Foy and Cyril Meyerowitz

Drs. Patrick Foy and Cyril Meyerowitz

Dr. Michael Romano (back to camera), Jason Keem, RDH, Dr. Alison Harding, Leslie Huey, RDH, Debra Damick, RDH

Dr. Michael Romano (back to camera), Jason Keem, RDH, Dr. Alison Harding, Leslie Huey, RDH, Debra Damick, RDH

Dr. Maricelle Abayon

Dr. Maricelle Abayon

 

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One Response to Dentists Gather to Sink Their Teeth into Bench-to-Chairside Research

  1. The American Dental Association and its state dental constituents need to change their present polices which limit oral healthcare care services by opening the floodgates for alternative oral healthcare practitioners, taking advantage of the trained and educated dental workforce which is available to serve; making the difference in the numbers of oral healthcare providers, providing services to Americans across our Nation. Denturists are one of several oral healthcare entities ready to serve the American public in providing oral prostheses and referral services; freeing up dentists chairtime for children and adults in need of restorative oral healthcare services.

    Gary W. Vollan L.D., State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association
    http://www.wysda.org

    https://twitter.com/denturist2th

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