Emerging Research

The top 10 dental discoveries of 20152015 has been a remarkable year in dental advancements, from emerging technology and new products, to scientific discoveries and research breakthroughs.
Cognitive behavioral therapy found to help with dental phobias
Cognitive behavioral therapy found to help with dental phobiasCognitive behavioral therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, according to a new study by King’s College London.
New research finds way to eliminate pain caused by tooth decay
New research finds way to eliminate pain caused by tooth decayWith the holidays—and all of the accompanying sweet treats seemingly destined to cause dental caries—right around the corner, researchers at the University of California have made a timely discovery that may lessen or even eradicate pain caused by tooth decay.
Study finds watching cement dry could increase dental filling success
Study finds watching cement dry could increase dental filling successWhile examining how cement sets in real time, a recent study found that the cement used in dental fillings has ‘sweet points,’ that could have implications for increasing longevity and durability of dental fillings.
New study finds troubling rates of dental implant complications
New study finds troubling rates of dental implant complicationsAny dental procedure comes with the chance of infection, but a recent study out of Sweden has discovered that patients with dental implants run a high risk – and that several contributing factors can exacerbate this risk.
New discovery can prevent dental implant infections
New discovery can prevent dental implant infectionsOne million dental implants are inserted every year in Germany alone, and often they need to be replaced due to issues such as tissue infections caused by bacteria. In the future, these infections will be prevented thanks to a new plasma implant coating that kills pathogens using silver ions.
Study finds poor dental health of professional athletes affects performance
Study finds poor dental health of professional athletes affects performancePulled muscles, concussions and other bumps and bruises are all injuries that come with the territory of being a professional athlete and can negatively affect athletic performance. However, in addition to these common problems, new research suggests that dental health can also play a crucial role in athletic success.
Aerospace engineer develops innovative new dental composite
Aerospace engineer develops innovative new dental compositeA University of Missouri engineer who has developed a “flowable” dental composite that can be injected in a cavity and hardened through a high-intensity light, recently received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to produce this product on a commercial scale.
Study finds secondhand smoke exposure linked to increased dental decay in children
Study finds secondhand smoke exposure linked to increased dental decay in childrenIt’s a no brainer that smoking is bad for your health, and the health of those subjected to your secondhand smoke. Now, researchers say that secondhand smoke can have even more detrimental effects than previously believed – on the dental health of children.
Researchers developing ‘Trojan horse' to combat oral fungus
Researchers developing ‘Trojan horse' to combat oral fungusThe Trojan horse ploy worked for the Greeks, and now it’s working for researchers, too. A team from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is employing the age-old strategy to combat a common oral fungus – and it appears they will win the battle.