Methodologies & Competencies
The Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics employs many leading methodologies to further research in the biomechanical and biomaterials fields. Competencies and methodologies including, but not limited to: specialized imaging systems, mechanical testing, computational biomechanics, and software development. Our approach to research is ever changing to meet, and adapt with new technology, and scholastic/industrial findings.
The 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.
The MDRCBB has a wide range of equipment that can help characterize the physical, chemical and biological behaviors of biomaterials on multi-scale levels.
Technologies are constantly being developed to make use of digital images and data for diagnostics, treatment planning and evaluation of dental restorations.
Computational models are used extensively to assess, design and optimize dental biomaterials and restorations. They form an essential tool to complement laboratory and clinical studies.