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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.

Augusta Acquaah*, Wanda I. Claro, Richard A. Williams, Jack Fisher, Ayman Al Dayeh. Correction of Anterior Open Bite Malocclusion with a Temporary Skeletal Anchorage Device–Supported Appliance. AJO-DO Clinical Companion. 2023. ISSN 2666-4305. doi: 10.1016/j.xaor.2023.01.002.

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]

Gavin C Fox*, Thomas A Jones*, John M Wilson, Wanda I Claro, Richard A Williams, Terry M Trojan, Ayman Al Dayeh. Sutural loading in bone- versus dental-borne rapid palatal expansion: An ex vivo study.Orthod Craniofac Res2020 May 7. doi: 10.1111/ocr.12384. Online ahead of print. 

Sydney Katras*, Dejian Ma, Ayman Al Dayeh, David Tipton. Bisphenol A Release from Orthodontic Clear Aligners: An In-Vitro Study. Lidsen Publishing, Recent Progress in Materials 2021; 3(3), doi:10.21926/rpm.2103034

Kimbrough, Sarah B.*, Parris, William G., Williams, Richard A., Harris, Edward F. A Retrospective Mixed Longitudinal Study of Tooth Formation in Children With Clefts CLEFT PALATE-CRANIOFACIAL JOURNAL; AUG 2020; 57; 8; p938-p947 (AN 000553029300002), Database: Science Citation Index

Linkous ER*, Trojan TM, Harris EF. External Apical Root Resorption and Vectors of Orthodontic Tooth Movement. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2020 Nov;158(5):700-709. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2019.10.017. Epub 2020 Sep 16.PMID: 32950335.

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.  

Rasmussen MJ*, Togrye C, Trojan TM, Tantbirojn D, Versluis A. Post-gel shrinkage, elastic modulus, and stress generated by orthodontic adhesives. The Angle Orthodontist 2020 Mar; Vol. 90 (2), pp. 278-284. Date of Electronic Publication: 2019 Sep 23.

Tony L. Skanchy*, Maness H, Al Dayeh A, Harris EF.A Comparison of Two Dental Age Estimation Techniques in Contemporary American Whites: The Moorrees and Demirjian Approaches. International Journal of Forensic Science & Pathology (IJFP) ISSN 2332-287X.  

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.

Taylor Rae Vracar*, Wanda Claro, Michael Eli Vracar, Randall Stetson Jenkins, Lane Bland, Ayman Al Dayeh. Sutural deformation during bone-anchored maxillary protraction. J Oral Biol Craniofac Res 2021 Jul-Sep;11(3):447-450.

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.

Megan Charowski*, Martha H Wells, Larry Dormois, Jennifer A Fernandez, Mark Scarbecz, Margaret Maclin. A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study Examining Effects of Animal Assisted Therapy in Children Undergoing Sealant Placement. Pediatr Dent. 2021 Jan 15;43(1):10-16.

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.

Cloud CJ*, Tantbirojn D, Wells MH, Versluis A. Comparison of depth of cure in opaque sealant cured with high irradiance light-emitting diodes at various light tip distances. Oral Sci Int. 2020;00:1–6. https://doi. org/10.1002/osi2.1063

Nathaniel Denson*, Martha Wells, David A Tipton, Franklin Garcia Godoy and Jegdish P Babu. Bacterial Adhesion and Biofilm Formation on Direct, Tooth-Colored Restorative Materials: An in vitro Study. Adv Dent & Oral Health. 2018; 8(3): 555736. DOI: 10.19080/ADOH.2018.08.555736

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.

Kristen M Douglas*, Martha H Wells, Edward J Deschepper1, Martin E Donaldson. Traditional lecture versus video/discussion‑based instruction and their effects on learning behavior guidance techniques. 2018 Journal of Education and Ethics in Dentistry. Volume 7 • Issue 2 • July‑December 201736

Meghan Gahm*, Martha H Wells, Mark Scarbecz, Edward J DeSchepper, Larry D Dormois, Toddrick Smith. Benefits of virtual externships with a pediatric dentistry program for potential residents. J Dent Educ. 2023 May 8. doi: 10.1002/jdd.13239. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37151095.

Grisham EA*, Wells MH, Kocak M, DeSchepper E, Woods MA, Fernandez J. Qualitative Study of Parental Preferences in Difficult Child Behavior Scenarios. Interventions in Pediatric Dentistry Open Access Journal doi:10.32474/IPDOAJ.2021.07.000252 ISSN: 2637-6636.

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]

Sarah Wallis Karnish*, Martha H Wells, Antheunis Versluis, Daranee Tantbirojn, James F Simon. An In Vitro Comparison of Indirect Versus Direct Restorations of Incisal Edge Fractures. Pediatr Dent2020 Mar 15;42(2):141-145.

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.

Lydia Watson*, Brent Danley, Antheunis Versluis, Daranee Tantbirojn, Jeffrey Brooks, Martha H Wells. A Structural Analysis of 3D Printed Pediatric Space Maintainers. Pediatr Dent. 2023 Jul 15;45(4):342-347. PMID: 37605357.

John Douglas Pate*, Martha H Wells, Brian R Morrow, James C Ragain, Franklin Garcia-Godoy. Color Stability of Prefabricated Pediatric Zirconia Crowns Following Sterilization. Pediatr Dent. 2021 Jan 15;43(1):50-56.

Chad M Slaven*, Martha H Wells, Edward J DeSchepper, Larry Dormois, Craig V Vinall, Kristen Douglas.Effectiveness of and Dental Student Satisfaction with Three Teaching Methods for Behavior Guidance Techniques in Pediatric Dentistry. J Dent Educ2019 Aug;83(8):966-972. doi: 10.21815/JDE.019.091. Epub 2019 May 13.

Mary A Smith*, Martha H Wells, Mark Scarbecz, Craig V Vinall, Marjorie A Woods. Parents' Preferences and Perceptions of Their Children's Consumption of Sugar and Non-nutritive Sugar Substitutes. Pediatr Dent. 2019 Mar 15;41(2):119-128.

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.

Jacob Sparks*, Jonas M Funderburk, Daranee Tantbirojn, Antheunis Versluis, Martha Wells. Tooth Structure Removed in Primary Molar Prefabricated Crown Preparations of Typodont Teeth. Pediatr Dent. 2022 Mar 15;44(2):136-140.

Paula Stepp*, Brian R Morrow, Martha Wells, David A Tipton, Franklin Garcia-Godoy. Microleakage of Cements in Prefabricated Zirconia Crowns. Pediatr Dent2018 Mar 15;40(2):136-139.

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.

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.

Christopher Wilson*, Antheunis Versluis, Daranee Tantbirojn, Martha Wells. Pilot Study of Tooth  Structure Removed in Primary Molar Zirconia Crown Preparations of Typodont Teeth. Lidsen Publishing, Recent Progress in Materials 2021; 3(2), doi:10.21926/rpm.2102021.

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

Pooja AjitSankardas*, Vrushali Abhyankar, Brian Morrow, David A. Tipton, Sidney H. Stein. Impact of Metal Particles Released during Ultrasonic Scaling of Titanium Surfaces on Human Gingival Fibroblast. 2022;33(1):9-22. doi: 10.1615/ J Long Term Eff Med Implants. 2022043080.

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.

Compton AC*, Abhyankar V, Stein S, Tipton D, Dabbous M, Abidi A. The immunomodulatory role of phytocannabinoids in an in vitro peri-implantitis model.  J Dent Implant Res 2022;41:102-112.  

Martina Elenkova*, David A TiptonAnastasios KarydisSidney H Stein.Vitamin D attenuates human gingival fibroblast inflammatory cytokine production following advanced glycation end product interaction with receptors for AGE. J Periodontal Res2019 Apr;54(2):154-163.doi: 10.1111/jre.12613. Epub 2018 Oct 8.

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.

Kalid N Hosn*Mary Margaret JeffersonCarlton LedingSolomon Shokouh-AmiriEdwin L Thomas.Inhibitors of bacterial protease enzymes for periodontal therapy. Clin Exp Dent Res 2015 Oct 27;1(1):18-25. doi: 10.1002/cre2.4. eCollection 2015 Oct.

Zacharia Kashlan*, John Jafarian, Cimara Fortes Ferreira, Paul Luepke. Clinical Evaluation of Soft Tissue Closure in Alveolar Ridge Preservation Procedures: Part I. J Dent Oral Disord Ther 9(2): 1-8 DOI: 

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

Amjad M Nazzal*Terry M TrojanMartyn Green. Uprighting and Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics as an Alternative to Surgical Crown Lengthening. J Clin Orthod. 2016 Aug;50(8):507-511.

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

Brian A Brodine*, Tom V Korioth, Brian Morrow, Mohamed A Shafter, Wainscott C Hollis, David R Cagna. Surface Roughness of Milled Lithium Disilicate With and Without Reinforcement After Finishing and Polishing: An In Vitro Study. J Prosthodont. 2021 Mar;30(3):245-251.  doi: 10.1111/jopr.13249. Epub 2020 Sep 22.

Jody L Clements*Daranee TantbirojnAntheunis VersluisDavid R Cagna. Do denture processing techniques affect the mechanical properties of denture teeth?J Prosthet Dent2018 Aug;120(2):246-251.doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2017.10.025. Epub 2018 Mar 15.

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.

Jeffery Y Henderson*, Tom V P Korioth, Daranee Tantbirojn, Antheunis Versluis. Failure load of milled, 3D-printed, and conventional chairside-dispensed interim 3-unit fixed dental prostheses. J Prosthet Dent. 2022 Feb;127(2):275.e1-275.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2021.11.005. Epub 2021 Dec 10.

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.

Nicholas G Norvell*Tom V KoriothDavid R CagnaAntheunis Versluis. Comparison of digital surface displacements of maxillary dentures based on noninvasive anatomic landmarks. J Prosthet Dent2018 Jul;120(1):123-131.doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2017.11.006. Epub 2018 Feb 21.

Omura AJ*, Latthe V, Marin MM, Cagna DR. Implant-Assisted Removable Partial Dentures: Practical Considerations. Gen Dent. 2016 Nov-Dec;64(6):38-45.PMID: 27814254.

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.

Michelle K Ruse*, G Ryan Sloan, Wainscott Hollis, Antheunis Versluis. Strength and Flexibility of Lithium Disilicate Bonded to Polyetherketoneketone. J Prosthet Dent. 2021 Dec 1;S0022-3913(21)00581-3. doi: 10.1016/jprosdent.2021.10.008.

Sears LM*, Wu L, Morrow BR, Hollis W, Cagna DR, Hong L. Effects of NanoAg-ACP Microparticles as Bioactive Fillers on the Mechanical and Remineralization Properties of Dental Resin Cement. J Prosthodont. 2021 Dec 23. Doi: 10.1111/jopr.13473.

Shahed Bayestehtarat*, Angela Gullard, Brian Morrow, Wainscott Hollis, James Ragain. Longevity of extrinsic stains on monolithic zirconia restorations: An in vitro study. The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. 2023. PMID:37845115.

Sloan R*, Hollis W, Selecman A, Jain V, Versluis A. Bond Strength of Lithium Disilicate to Polyetheretherketone. J Prosthet Dent. 2021 Apr 10:S0022-3913(21)00110-4. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2021.02.025.

Jenny Phung Stevens*, Paivi Samant, Vinay Jain and Jegdish P Babu. Augmentation of Candida albicans Adhesion to Denture Materials Influenced By Surface Topography and Tobacco Components. J Dent Health Oral Disord Ther 2018, 9(2):00330.


Oct 18, 2023