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Developing and testing models of human tooth shape using dental radiographs

Project Description


Human teeth vary in shape. The dimensions and shape of teeth from dental radiographs has not been studied in detail. Knowledge of the variation in crown and root dimensions of the mature tooth helps to define abnormal teeth as well as abnormal tooth eruption. This project will investigate the relationship between crown and root dimensions of teeth from dental radiographs of children and young adults using image analysis methods.


The aims of the study include developing and testing models of human tooth shape from dental radiographs. Results will define normal tooth types with reference to the crown and root dimensions/shape and explore root growth during eruption. Such findings will have clinical impact in paediatric dentistry and help to identify tooth type, defining micro- and macrodontia and improving the estimation of fractional formation stages in addition to predicting abnormal eruption.

Person specification: Would best suit a dental clinician

How to apply:

For more information regarding the project, please contact Professor Helen Liversidge ()

Applications should be submitted through the Queen Mary application system. Please indicate the project title and supervisor in the ‘Research Degree Programmes - Additional Questions’ section of the application.

Alongside the application form, please send the following supporting documents:
• Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• Copies of your degree certificates with transcripts
• Proof of English language ability for overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries
• A one-side A4 statement of purpose. This should set out your previous academic or other experience relevant to the proposed research; why you wish to undertake this research at QMUL; your previous research or professional training and what further training you think you will need to complete a PhD; and what ethical issues you will need to consider in undertaking this research.
• Two references. At least one reference must be from an academic referee who is in a position to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience.

Please contact Charlotte Royle () with any queries about the application process.

Funding Notes

We will consider applications from prospective students with a source of funding to cover tuition fees and bench fees. Both self-funded and sponsored students will be considered.

UK and EU nationality self-funded students might be eligible for both the cost of tuition fees and a yearly stipend over the course of the PhD programme from the Student Finance England: View Website

How good is research at Queen Mary University of London in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 32.20

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