The work pursued under this topic includes the following project areas:
- Microbiology of dental caries and endodontic disease – using latest molecular biology techniques to understand complex species diversity, colonisation and the ecological interfaces between the flora and carious dentine/pulp.
- Development of in-vitro, multi-species biofilm models to study caries and endodontic disease and evaluate novel treatments. The use of novel radiographic techniques (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) for the diagnosis of endodontic disease.
- Development of novel diagnostic indicators to aid detection and clinical minimally invasive caries removal using an array of in-vitro and in-vivo microscopy and imaging techniques including confocal fibre-optic micro-endoscopy, electron microscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime imaging.
- Investigation of the efficacy and efficiency of novel minimally invasive caries excavation technologies (including pioneering bio-active glass air-abrasion).
- Development of novel adhesive material technologies to "seal and heal" residual caries-affected dentine and endodontically treated teeth (with dental industry collaborations).
- Clinical trials to develop novel caries management strategies for high caries risk individuals (oral oncology and dry mouth patients).
Associated research programmes
Associated staff research interests
Cariology - minimal intervention / minimally invasive dentistry - pathology and microbiology of dental caries, microscopy of dental tissues, caries detection and diagnosis, minimally invasive operative caries management techniques (including chemo-mechanical / air-abrasion research), dental adhesives and bonding to tooth structure R&D, clinical trials (including head and neck oncology / oral rehab trials). Research links with 3MESPE, Dentsply, Kuraray, Septodont.
Research in dental education - Haptel programme at KCLDI.
0207 188 1577
Cariology & Endodontics
020 7188 1584
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Dr Avijit Banerjee