Monday, March 13, 2023

UAB Announces First Ever Registry of Dental Implants

I'm a fan of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry for a lot of reasons.  Probably the biggest is because I'm also a fan of Dr. Nate Lawson, who is one of the brightest young minds in dentistry.  Nate is definitely someone to keep an eye on as far as dental research is concerned.  

The other reason is because the school is a big proponent of research.  Along those lines,  the school has recently announced that they are now the home of the first dental implant registry in the United States.  Read on for why this is such a big deal...

The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, founded and hosted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, is now home to the nation’s first dental implant registry. The registry, funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, will drive a three-year study of dental implant outcomes and aims to investigate the parameters associated with the success of implant therapy, as well as the rate of prosthetic and biologic implant complications.  

Nicolaas Geurs, DDS, Weatherford/Palcanis Endowed Professor and chair at the UAB Department of Periodontology, is the principal investigator of the study. The total funding for this study is $2,354,358.

“Registries in medicine are commonly conducted to gather data on large numbers of patients by many different clinicians throughout the country,” Geurs said. “This registry will help us better understand dental implants and their impact on patients’ health, function and quality of life with the aim of improving treatment outcomes of future therapy.”   

Geurs says the study will enroll 2,000 patients nationwide and help dental practitioners across the country learn how to improve dental implant therapy outcomes. The data will be used to understand how often patients develop disease around their dental implants and how often patients experience issues with their implant crowns or dentures.

Dental implants are commonly used to replace missing teeth. Participants in the study will receive their implant crown, and their progress will be followed over the next three years.  

No comments:

Post a Comment