Biomaterials and Biomechanics

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Biomaterials and Biomechanics

The School of Dentistry has achieved an international reputation for its work in the development and testing of dental and dental-related materials. The centerpiece of this cluster is the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB), which strives to be a leader in the development of novel techniques for the characterization and modeling of the performance of dental biomaterials. Unique to this center is the “artificial mouth,” an automated chewing machine that can be programmed to precisely reproduce the chewing cycle. Using this instrument, investigators can put newly designed restorative materials through years of simulated use in a fraction of the time it would take in a clinical testing experiment. It can evaluate materials wear by opposing similar or dissimilar materials. The Center’s research portfolio has been significantly diversified in recent years with the addition of orthodontic bracket testing, food texture analysis and materials testing in the energy sector.

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