Core Research Area
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is a worldwide leader in bio- and tissue-engineering of stem cells, and the development of biomaterials for use in new and exciting therapies.
The replacement of tissues and organs with synthetic materials has become an increasingly important therapeutic modality and raises important questions about tissue response to a variety of substances. In dentistry, the clinical use of dental implants has inspired collegiate faculty research that examines changes in implant surfaces that may affect the attachment of soft tissue to implant surfaces, facilitates integration of a prosthesis with bone, or addresses the relationship between osteoporosis and oral health. Applications include: restorative material adhesion, osseous tissue reconstruction, and tooth replacement therapies.