Expertise and Competencies

The Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics develops and employs many leading methodologies to further research in the biomechanical and biomaterials fields. Competencies and expertise include, but are not limited to, simulation of oral challenges, development and characterization of biomaterials, computational biomechanics, and digital imaging technologies. Our approach to research is ever changing to meet, and adapt, with new technology and scholastic/industrial findings.

Simulation of Oral Challenges

Simulation of Oral ChallengesThe MDRCBB has expertise in the simulation of mechanical, chemical and biological challenges present in the oral environment. Our equipment is capable of inducing clinically representative degradation to both tooth tissues and dental restorative biomaterials



Characterization of Biomaterials

Characterization of BiomaterialsThe MDRCBB has lab facilities and a wide range of equipment that can help develop new biomaterials and characterize their physical, chemical and biological behaviors on multi-scale levels.




Digital Imaging Technologies

Digital Imaging TechnologiesTechnologies are constantly being developed to make use of digital images and data for teaching, diagnostics, treatment planning and evaluation of dental restorations.




Computational Biomechanics

Computational BiomechanicsComputational models, such as those of the finite element method, are used extensively to assess, design and optimize dental biomaterials and restorations. They form an essential tool to complement laboratory and clinical studies.





Equipment Our equipment availabile for rent or use.