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Establishing a Scientific-Evidence Base for a Paradigm Shift for Regenerative Clinical Dentistry

School of Dentistry

Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Management of diseases to the dental pulp is undertaken clinically using protocols that are historical and have no scientific background. The treatment is based on disinfection and restoration with inert materials. Development of newer materials and advancement in testing methodology could lead to better and more scientifically-based clinical protocols that would enhance the treatment outcomes and improve success rates. Bio-interactive materials like hydraulic calcium silicates are unique in dentistry as they interact with the environment and their chemistry changes accordingly. These smart materials enable a more biological approach to patient management and in combination with regenerative dentistry can lead to new methods for patient management. Unfortunately, the current clinical protocols for pulp management do not embrace the biologically active smart materials and regenerative approach. This research aims at finding a scientific basis for the current clinical management protocols and improve such protocols for a smart regenerative treatment.

Investigate the scientific basis of the current clinical protocols for pulp capping/pulpotomy procedures.
Investigate the scientific basis of the current clinical protocols for root canal irrigation and obturation.
Investigate whether the current protocols are suitable for hydraulic cements.

Person Specification
Applicants should have a strong background in material science and microbiology. They should have a commitment to research and hold or realistically expect to obtain at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in dentistry, microbiology or engineering.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Josette Camilleri, email

To be considered for the studentship, please send the following documents to :
- A detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
- Names and addresses of two referees;
- A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;
- Copies of your degree certificates with transcripts;
- Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable.

Funding Notes

We have a thriving international Researcher community and encourage applications from students of any nationality able to fund their own studies (i.e. through Government scholarship schemes, self-funding), or who wish to apply for their own funding (e.g. Commonwealth Scholarships, Islamic Development Bank International PhD Scholarships, China Scholarship Council, etc).

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