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Oral Implantology and Periodontics

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The Program is committed to undertake research in the broad fields of Implant Dentistry and Periodontics. Research aims at increasing knowledge in the etiopathogenesis, immunopathology, diagnosis and treatment of peri-implant and periodontal diseases. Special emphasis is placed on the study of innovative procedures and biomaterials in oral implantology.

Oral Implantology and Periodontics

Program leader: Associate Professor Alessandro Quaranta

Program members: Dr Victor Matsubara, Dr Julio Rincon, Dr Kate Shearston

HDR Postgraduate students: Dr Wisam Kamil
DClinDent students : Dr Rachel Chye, Dr Eman Elhassan, Dr Samy Francis, Dr Nishith Bhargava
DMD students: Daniel Zhang, Andrew Liang, Jonathan Wang, Bron Win Leong, Marcus Jun Loke Leong, Zach Lawrence, Jay Vaddagiri  Alvin Vo, Paul Chung, Fakhtehsadat Moradi, Michelle Luu, Sophia Nancy Diana Hawes, Andrea Rani Rajwani, Amanda To.  

Collaborators: Professor Adriano Piattelli, Associate Professor Antonio Scarano (Universita’ PG. D’Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy), Professor Antonio Barone (University of Geneve, Switzerland), Professor Ugo Covani (Universita’ di Pisa, Italy), Professor Maurizio Procaccini (Universita’Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy), Prof. Anna Maria Vestri (University of Rome “La Sapienza, Italy), Associate Professor Andrew Tawse Smith, Associate Professor Jonathan Leichter (University of Otago, New Zealand), Dr Orlando D’Isidoro (Private Practice, Silvi Marina, Italy).

Industry Partners: Nil

Research Program Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Research Program are:

  • Understand in detail the etiopathogenesis and immunopathology of peri-implant diseases including the investigation of different risk factors and indicators
  • Assess clinical procedures and devices to treat periodontal and peri-implant infections
  • Investigate in vitro, pre-clinical and clinical conditions different biomaterials for periodontal, bone augmentative and implant surgical procedures
  • Undertake preclinical and clinical studies on procedures and materials that can improve success and survival rates of implant-supported restorations.   
  • Develop alternative antibacterial therapies to treat and avoid peri-implant infections.  

Research Program Summary

The Oral Implantology and Periodontics Research Program focuses on leading edge clinical and translational research on Implant Dentistry and Periodontal Disease.

Within the area of Oral Implantology the Research Group concentrates on:

  • Biomaterials and regenerative therapies
  • Clinical procedures in implant dentistry
  • Etiopathogenesis, immunopathology and treatment of peri-implant infections

Research on biological complications of dental implants has so far been conducted to investigate different devices and agents to decontaminate implant surfaces, the clinical and microbiological performance of laser micro-grooved collar implants and the impact of risk factors on the onset of peri-implant diseases.

The study of biomaterials and regenerative therapies has been concentrated on the use of xenografts in alveolar ridge preservation procedures and alveolar bone augmentative procedures. These bone substitutes have been assessed in terms of clinical performance, histological results and tridimensional remodelling pattern.

Within the area of Periodontology, research members are investigating the clinical and quality of life benefits of the full mouth disinfection protocol with and without systemic antibiotics.

Additional studies on  oral hygiene instructions; advice and procedures are currently being carried out, and numerous systematic reviews on diverse topics in  Oral Implantology are also in progress.

Current Research Projects 

  • Pre-clinical assessment of different procedures for implant surface decontamination
  • Clinical, radiographic and histological assessment of different xenografts in pre-implant and implant surgical procedures
  • Clinical protocols in Implant Dentistry
  • Clinical  assessment of antimicrobials in periodontal and implant post-surgical phase
  • One stage full mouth disinfection protocols in the treatment of periodontal disease
  • Systematic reviews on oral implantology topics
  • Systematic reviews on periodontal topics