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Current and Past Research Studies

We have various research projects and training sessions that are conducted in our clinic.  The criteria for these studies vary.  We need patients with healthy mouths, cavities, and other restorative work as well as gum disease.  These studies come at various times throughout the year.
Results of clinical studies at UMKC Clinical Research Center have led to a wide array of discoveries including:

  • Development of a localized drug delivery product for periodontal therapy
  • Comparison of powered toothbrushes for reducing gingivitis
  • Determining the effectiveness of a device for increasing the comfort of temporomandibular patients
  • Comparing the effectiveness of various manual, battery-powered, and rechargeable toothbrushes
  • Evaluating the success of  resorbable barriers used in tissue guided regeneration in the treatment of periodontal defects
  • Assessing new and improved dental toothpastes
  • Evaluating new dental whitening products
  • Testing new mouth rinses to control gingivitis
  • Assessing a new localized drug delivery product for gum disease around dental implants
  • Comparing different approaches to diagnosing periodontal disease

Listed below are some research studies we are undertaking at the Clinical Research Center.  Check back often as we are continually adding new projects:

Open Studies:
Multi-Center Phase 3 Trial of a Product to Treat Patients with Peri-Implantitis.

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Generally healthy
  • Have one implant with gum disease

A Five Week Study To Assess The Stain Potential of Two Experimental Dentifrices.

  • Must 21 years of older
  • Generally healthy
  • Have twelve front teeth present
  • Study currently full

Closed Studies:
Gene Expression of Certain Blood Cells for Periodontitis.

  • African American Males
  • Periodontal disease
  • Generally healthy

A Study to Assess Whitening Potential of Combination Whitening Toothpaste, Mouth Rinse, and Brush.

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Have 12 anterior teeth
  • Visible stain on anterior teeth
  • Generally healthy

A Study to Assess Tooth Whitening by a Whitening Mouth Rinse.

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Have 12 anterior teeth
  • Have visible stain

Contact Info

UMKC School of Dentistry
Clinical Research Center
650 East 25th Street, Room 101A
Kansas City, MO  64108
Phone:  816-235-2200
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