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Master of Dental Science Publications

A requirement of the Master of Dental Science (MDS) degree program is the conduct of an approved research project. The project must demonstrate a high level of scholarship, as well as the student’s ability to carry out independent investigation contributing to the foundation of knowledge in dentistry. At completion of the research project, MDS students are required to submit a written manuscript, suitable for publication, to a peer-reviewed, professional journal.

The archives below represent links to MDS degree project abstracts from 2013 to present. An asterisk (*) indicates the MDS student completing the research effort. Published article titles are linked to PubMed. Thesis documents produced by MDS students prior to 2013 may be found at

Postgraduate Program in Endodontics

Eaton JA*, Clement DJ, Lloyd A, Marchesan MA. Micro-Computed Tomographic Evaluation of the Influence of Root Canal System Landmarks on Access Outline Forms and Canal Curvatures in Mandibular Molars. J Endod. 2015 Nov;41(11):1888-91. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2015.08.013. Epub 2015 Oct 1.

Garcia-Godoy A*, Clement DJ, Lloyd A, Tipton D, Babu JP. In-Vitro Evaluation of the Efficacy of PIPS Irrigation System on Disinfection of Type 2 Canal Systems in Molars. J Dent Health Oral Disord Ther 2017 7(2): 00236. DOI: 10.15406/jdhodt.2017.07.00236

Lloyd A, Navarrete G*, Marchesan MA, Clement D. Removal of calcium hydroxide from Weine Type II systems using photon-induced photoacoustic streaming, passive ultrasonic, and needle irrigation: a microcomputed tomography study. J Appl Oral Sci. 2016 Nov-Dec;24(6):543-548. doi: 10.1590/1678-775720160234.

Lloyd A, Uhles JP*, Clement DJ, Garcia-Godoy F. Elimination of intracanal tissue and debris through a novel laser-activated system assessed using high-resolution micro-computed tomography: a pilot study. J Endod. 2014;40(4):584-7.

Niemi TK*, Marchesan MA, Lloyd A, Seltzer RJ. Effect of Instrument Design and Access Outlines on the Removal of Root Canal Obturation Materials in Oval-shaped Canals. J Endod. 2016 Oct;42(10):1550-4. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2016.07.011. Epub 2016 Aug 20.

Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics

Allen TR*, Trojan TM, Harris EF. Evidence favoring a secular reduction in mandibular leeway space. Angle Orthod. 2017 Jul:87(4):576-582. doi: 10.2319/091416-688.1.Epub 2017 Mar 20.

Cloud CC, Trojan TM, Suliman SN, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A. Adhesive performance of precoated brackets after expiration. Angle Orthod. 2016 Mar;86(2):235-40. doi: 10.2319/030415-131.1. Epub 2015 Jul

Durham JN*, King JW, Robinson QC, Trojan TM. Long-term skeletodental stability of mandibular symphyseal distraction osteogenesis: Tooth-borne vs. hybrid distraction appliances. Angle Orthod. 2016 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Neill CC*, Migliorati C, Trojan T, Kaste S, Karydis A, Rowland C, Parris W. Experience and expertise regarding orthodontic management of childhood and adolescent cancer survivors. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2015 Nov;148(5):765-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2015.05.027.  

Suliman SN*, Trojan TM, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A. Enamel loss following ceramic bracket debonding. A quantitative analysis in vitro. Angle Orthod. 2015 Jul;85(4):651-6. doi: 10.2319/032414-224.1. Epub 2014 Sep 29

Vassar JW*, Karydis A, Trojan T, Fisher J. Dentoskeletal effects of a temporary skeletal anchorage device-supported rapid maxillary expansion appliance (TSADRME): A pilot study. 2016 Mar;86(2):241-9. doi: 10.2319/013015-76.1. Epub 2015 May 20.

Wilson JJ*, Harris EF. Compliance in state-subsidized and self-pay orthodontic patients. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2015 Oct;148(4):628-32. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2015.05.018.

Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Allen B*, Migliorati C, Rowland C, An Q, Shintaku W, Donaldson M, Wells M, Kaste S. Comparison of mandibular cortical thickness and QCT-derived bone mineral density (BMD) in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a retrospective study. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2015 Sep 15. doi: 10.1111/ipd.12203. [Epub ahead of print]

Branchal CF*, Wells M, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A. Can increasing the Manufacturer’s Recommended Shortest Curing Time of High-intensity Light-emitting Diodes Adequately Cure Sealants? Pediatr Dent. 2015;37(4):7-13.

Church B*, Tantbirojn D, Thuydung D, Wells MH, Versluis A. Depth of cure of bulk-fill composites cured in tooth or opaque substrate. International Journal of Experimental Dental Science, July-December 2017;6(2):68-73.

Clark L*, Wells M. Aggressiveness of preparation necessary for the passive fit of anterior and posterior zirconia restorations in the primary dentition. Pediatr Dent. 2016 Jan-Feb;38(1):42-6.

Do T*, Church B, Veríssimo C, Hackmyer SP, Tantbirojn D, Simon JF, Versluis A. Cuspal flexure, depth-of-cure, and bond integrity of bulk-fill composites. Pediatr Dent. 2014;36(7):468-73.

Holsinger D*, Wells M. Clinical evaluation and parental satisfaction with pediatric zirconia anterior crowns. Pediatr Dent. 2016;38(3):192-7.

Iskander M*, Lou J, Wells M, Scarbecz M, Milton L. Consider the source: a poster and a mobile healthcare application as information tools to manage dental trauma. Dent Traumatol. 2016 May 3. doi: 10.1111/edt.12278. [Epub ahead of print]

Kitchens B*, Wells M, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A. Depth of cure of sealants polymerized with high-power light emitting diode curing lights. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2015;25(2):79-86.

Lenahan M*, Wells M, Scarbecz M. A retrospective study of 248 pediatric oral sedations utilizing the combination of meperidine and hydroxyzine for dental treatment. J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2015 Fall;39(5):481-487.

Suiter E*, Watson L, Tantbirojn D, Lou J, Versluis A. Effective expansion: Balance between shrinkage and hygroscopic expansion. J Dent Res. 2016 May;95(5):543-9. doi: 10.1177/0022034516633450. Epub 2016 Feb 24.

Smith NK*, Morris KT*, Wells M, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A. Rationale for caries inhibition of debonded glass ionomer sealants: an in vitro study. Pediatr Dent. 2014;36(7):464-7.

Tanner S*, Wells M, Scarbecz M, McCann BW Sr. Parents' understanding of and accuracy in using measuring devices to administer liquid oral pain medication. J Am Dent Assoc. 2014;145(2):141-9.

Urraca N, Memon R*, El-Iyachi I, Goorha S, Valdez C, Tran QT, Scroggs R, Miranda-Carboni GA, Donaldson M, Bridges D, Reiter LT. Characterization of neurons from immortalized dental pulp stem cells for the study of neurogenetic disorders. Stem Cell Res. 2015 Nov;15(3):722-30. doi: 10.1016/j.scr.2015.11.004. Epub 2015 Dec 1.

Vinall CV, Garcia-Silva TC, Lou JSB, Wells MH, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A. Intrapulpal Temperature Rise During Light Activation of Restorative Composites in a Primary Molar. Pediatr Dent. 2017 May 15;39(3):125-130. doi: NO_DOI.

White J*, Wells M. A survey of parental perceptions of conscious sedation in pediatric dentistry in the mid-south. Pediatr Dent. 2016;38(2):116-21.

Wilson R*, Urraca N, Skobowiat C, Hope KA, Miravalle L, Chamberlin R, Donaldson M, Seagroves TN, Reiter LT. Assessment of the tumorigenic potential of spontaneously immortalized and hTert-immortalized cultured dental pulp stem cells. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2015 Aug;4(8):905-12. doi: 10.5966/sctm.2014-0196. Epub 2015 Jun 1.

Postgraduate Program in Periodontology

Bavariya AJ*, Norowski AP Jr, Anderson MK, Adatrow PC, Garcia-Godoy F, Stein SH, Bumgardner JD. Evaluation of biocompatibility and degradation of chitosan nanofiber membrane crosslinked with genipin. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2014;102(5):1084-92.

Ferreira CF*, Babu J, Tipton D, Hottel TL. Assessment of the effect of chemical agents used in dentistry on the removal of Porphyromonas gingivalis and Escherichia coli from sandblasted acid-etched titanium dental implants: an in vitro study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2015 Mar-Apr;30(2):299-307. doi: 10.11607/jomi.3703. Epub 2014 Dec 5. 

Nakashyan V, Tipton DA, Karydis A, Livada R, Stein SH. Effect of 1,25(OH)2 D3 and 20(OH)D3 on interleukin-1β-stimulated interleukin-6 and -8 production by human gingival fibroblasts. J Periodontal Res. 2017 Oct;52(5):832-841. doi: 10.1111/jre.12452. Epub 2017 Mar 27

Shim E*, Babu JP. Glycated albumin produced in diabetic hyperglycemia promotes monocyte secretion of inflammatory cytokines and bacterial adherence to epithelial cells. J Periodontal Res. 2015;50(2):197-204.

Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics

Egbert JS*, Johnson AC, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A. Fracture strength of ultrathin occlusal veneer restorations made from CAD/CAM composite or hybrid ceramic materials. Oral Science International 12 (2015) 53-58.

Gibbs SB*, Versluis A, Tantbirojn D, Ahuja S. Comparison of polymerization shrinkage of pattern resins. J Prosthet Dent. 2014;112(2):293-8.

Hollis S*, Eisenbeisz E, Versluis A. Color stability of denture resins after staining and exposure to cleansing agents. J Prosthet Dent. 2015 Sep 3. pii: S0022-3913(15)00323-6. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2015.06.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Johnson AC*, Versluis A, Tantbirojn D, Ahuja S. Fracture strength of CAD/CAM composite and composite-ceramic occlusal veneers. J Prosthodont Res. 2014;58(2):107-14.

Robison NE*, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A, Cagna DR. Failure strengths of denture teeth fabricated on injection molded or compression molded denture base resins. J Prosthet Dent. 2016 Aug;116(2):292-9. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2016.02.001. Epub 2016 Apr 7.

Last Published: Nov 29, 2018