Research and Clinical Trials

The Department of Dentistry team at Montefiore Medical Center participates in diverse research projects and clinical trials that expand and contribute to modern dentistry's current knowledge and treatment efforts.

Among our many exciting developments, the Department of Dentistry is testing a human bone morphogenetic protein-2/absorbable collagen sponge developed by Genetics Institute for patients who have lost bone in the back (maxillary sinus) of their upper jaw.

This unique absorbable collagen sponge (ACS) made from cow tendons acts as a carrier supplying protein to the area where bone growth is desired. The ACS is absorbed slowly and safely into the body. Studies of the protein in humans and animals have indicated significant progress in the development of bone growth.

Additionally, clinical studies on the benefits and use of endosteal implants are on-going. Endosteal implants are placed directly onto the bone to act as anchor for one or more artificial teeth. Explorations continue into the myriad of implant designs available to patients. The department also strives to advance the positive psychological impact of immediate tooth replacement.

Another area of concentration is a joint research effort between the Department of Orthodontics and the Center for Craniofacial Disorders. Our objectives are to:

Learn more about research efforts at the Department of Dentistry.