The Faculty of Dentistry contributes to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and amongst the most technologically advanced dental clinics in the world, the Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre.

There have been remarkable changes in dentistry in almost 60 years since the first class began, and the UBC Faculty of Dentistry has been instrumental in these advances in the oral health sciences. The Faculty of Dentistry is particularly well prepared to continue to make significant contributions to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and amongst the most technologically advanced dental clinics in the world in the world, the Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre.

UBC Dentistry is committed to delivering outstanding research-intensive MSc and PhD graduate studies in the field of Craniofacial Science. Studies can be done in the areas of population health, oral health-related clinical research including both interventional and observational studies, and basic science research in the areas of biomaterials, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology and molecular biology.

Our clinical training programs include endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Specialty training must be completed in combination with an MSc or PhD degree. These programs complement our General Practice Residency Program and Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Residency Program. Our combined educational approach ensures that newly graduated clinicians are well prepared to critically evaluate new treatment modalities as they are developed, and participate actively in clinical research.
 

Mission
To advance oral health through outstanding education, research, and community service.
 

Research Facilities

Opened in March 2006, the Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre is the hub of UBC Dentistry patient care and clinical learning. The 39,000 sq. ft clinical facility accommodates 144 operatories, a state-of-the-art central sterilization dispensary, as well as a suite of seminar rooms, clinical laboratories and radiology units. A networked chairside software system manages patient information and stores digital images. The Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre uses state-of-the-art technology and an innovative architectural design to create a modern, efficient space for clinical learning, community service and research.

Research Highlights

UBC Dentistry’s areas of excellence are grouped in three research clusters:

Research Supervisors in Faculty

Name Research Interests
Aleksejuniene, Jolanta Theory-based behavioural management, Evidence-based Practice, Caries risk assessment, ePortfolio learning, Oral Epidemiology
Almeida, Fernanda Sleep and Sleep Disorders, oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea, sleep apnea, diagnosis, edentulism, craniofacial characteristics in sleep apnea
Bromme, Dieter Lysosomal proteases, centre for blood research
Brondani, Mario Community Health / Public Health, Dental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Policies, Quality of Life and Aging, Adult Education and Continuing Education, Epidemiology, Dental Public Health, Health Policy, Dental Education, Dental Geriatrics, Access to care, Qualitative research, Epidemiological data
Bryant, S Prosthodontics, Geriatrics, Patient-based assessments, Oral implants, Jawbone densitometry
Carvalho, Rick Biomaterials, Dental Materials
Coil, Jeffrey Martin Pulp Biology, Endodontic Materials
Donnelly, Leeann Oral Malodor, Special Care Populations, Community Oral Health Education and Program Development
Ford, Nancy Imaging, Biomedical Technologies, micro-computed tomography, physiological gating, models of respiratory disease, image-based measurements, dental imaging, x-ray imaging
Haapasalo, Markus Novel strategies to eradicate oral biofilms
Hakkinen, Lari Cell Therapy, Cell Signaling, Connective Tissue, Wound Healing, Tissue regeneration, Fibroblasts, MSC, Extracellular matrix, Cell to cell communication, Oral mucosa and skin
Kim, Hugh platelet biochemistry
Lakschevitz, Flavia links between periodontal disease and systemic conditions, soft and hard tissue regeneration, periodontal therapy (surgical and non-surgical), implants and site development procedures
Larjava, Hannu Wound healing
Laronde, Denise Oral cancer screening; risk prediction; access to care for oral health services; head and neck survivorship
Lee, Vincent CAD/CAM Digital Dentistry, Dental Education
MacDonald, David Systematic review, Diagnostic radiology, particularly of the Hong Kong Chinese
Macdougall, Mary molecular mechanisms associated with epithelial mesenchymal interactions, identification of critical signaling pathways, matrix formation and biomineralization
Mathu-Muju, Kavita Public Health Dentistry, Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Matthew, Ian Dental Education, biomaterials; implantology
Mostafa, Nesrine Digital dentistry, tissue engineering options for bone regeneration
Nguyen, Caroline Cancer patient treatment and rehabilitation outcomes; oral side effects of treatments and medications in cancer patients and the elderly
Overall, Christopher Mark Blood research, antiviral immunity
Pigozzo Manso, Adriana Dental adhesive interfaces, Resin dentin bond stability, Color shade in resin composite
Pliska, Benjamin Sleep and Sleep Disorders, Oro-Dental Disorders, Facial growth and development, sleep medicine

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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Dentistry.


Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2020 Dr. Ahmed investigated the effects of preparation design and sintering on the marginal accuracy of zirconia crowns, and established an innovative method for measuring the shrinkage of zirconia crowns during processing. This research provides valuable knowledge for achieving precise fit and improving the clinical success of zirconia restorations. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science and Diploma in Prosthodontics (PhD/Dip. Prosthodontics)
2020 Dr. Bi investigated cell behavior in the regulation of periodontal disease. He found that a receptor molecule plays a central role in the regulation of periodontal inflammation and bone loss through transforming growth factor and epidermal growth factor receptor signaling. This research will impact treatment methods for periodontal diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2019 Dr. Jessani studied the oral health needs and services of people living with HIV in British Columbia. His results identified three quarters of this population had unmet dental treatment needs, half of the respondents had not visited a dentist with in the last year and half had experienced some kind of discrimination by their oral health providers. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2018 Dr. Salimi conducted an 18 year review of outcomes related to cleft lip and palate patients treated at BC's Children's Hospital in order to evaluate the incidence and potential risk of fistula development. She further developed a protocol for comprehensive follow up of cleft lip and palate patients in the shape of a standardized assessment form. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science and Diploma in Orthodontics (PhD/Dip. Orthodontics)
2018 Dr. Rock advanced the risk stratification of oral precancerous lesions by examining different associations between microscopic diagnosis, molecular features, risk habits, clinical lesion characteristics over time and progression to cancer. This research provides a new framework to integrate lesion change over time into risk models. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2018 Dr. Tarzemany studied the function of a protein that mediates cell communication in wound healing in skin and oral mucosa, and its relevance for scar formation. Findings from her project may be used to develop effective and predictable therapeutic modalities to prevent and treat scars. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2013 Dr. Stojicic studied bacteria that are the main cause of tooth decay, periodontal and root canal infections. Her research contributed to finding the most efficient way for killing bacteria and curing dental diseases. Research findings documented in her thesis will be of great benefit both for dental practitioners and patients, to keep teeth healthy. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2012 Dr. Wallace explored the expansion of community dental clinics in British Columbia, and their potential to respond to oral health inequities. He found that the clinics are helping to provide dentistry to underserved populations. However, the services are limited, and Dr. Wallace recommends government policy that integrates dentistry within health equity agendas. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2012 Dr. Donnelly explored the influence of oral health, body image, and social interactions of elders living in care facilities. Her findings expanded our understanding of how personal and environmental factors influence the social impact of oral conditions. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)
2012 Dr. Auluck studied human-papillo-maviral or HPV. He showed that incidence of HPV-related oral cancers have surpassed tobacco-related oral cancers among men in BC, particularly among South Asian men who chew tobacco. It is expected that this research will result in changes to screening methods, detection, treatment and management of oral cancers. Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD)

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