Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

July 1, 2019
Dr. James Mah (Dental) authored “Clear Aligner Therapy (CAT) in Two Hyperdivergent Patients,” which appeared in the June issue of the Journal of Aligner Orthodontics. His study presented complex clinical cases in which clear orthodontic aligners can be used with excellent results. The cases support the general notion that patients with increased facial dimensions can be treated with clear aligner therapy without adverse vertical changes.  
June 19, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) accepted an invitation to be a plenary speaker during the first International Academy of Periodontology Research Conference, which brought together a unique collection of key opinion and thought leaders in periodontal research. The three-day conference addressed contemporary aspects of periodontology, and was attended by 85 delegates from 18 countries. The International Dental Journal published a meeting report about the conference in its May issue.  
June 19, 2019
Kenneth Izuora (Medicine), Gayle Allenback, Civon Gewelber, and Michael Neubauer (all Dental Medicine) presented the results from their research at the American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco earlier this month. They looked at factors that were associated with having a diagnosis of osteoporosis among hospitalized patients with and without diabetes.  
June 12, 2019
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Epidemiologic Evaluation of Nhanes for Environmental Factors and Periodontal Disease,” which appeared in the June issue of Nature Scientific Reports. The study’s findings indicated an array of environmental variables were different in periodontitis among smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers, with a subset of specific environmental variables identified in each population subset. Discriminating environmental factors included blood levels of lead,...
June 7, 2019
Karl Kingsley, Cale Forgues, and Eric Mullins (all Dental) had their manuscript, "Effects of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) on Dental Pulp Stem Cells (DPSC)," published in the latest tissue of Current Research in Medicine. Forgues and Mullins both are dental students.
June 5, 2019
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) co-authored "Pain, Inflammation and Infection: A Daily Challenge in Every Clinical Practice; Role for Lasers?" that appears in the June issue of EC Dental Science. The study’s findings indicated that a diode laser is an effective analgesic, a powerful anti-inflammatory, that can be used to improve the quality of tissue repair and regeneration, kill pathogens, and can also be used during surgery. The collaborative work involved faculty members from UNLV School of Dental...
May 24, 2019
Drs. Katherine Howard and Karl Kingsley (both Dental), along with Dr. Nimrat Dhillon, '19 Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, recently published their manuscript "Prevalence of Selenomonas noxia among Pediatric and Adult O" in the International Journal of Research and Reports in Dentistry.
May 21, 2019
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) has just been elected again by his peers as the 29th most influential person in dentistry in 2019, The results were published in the U.K. Journal Dentistry this month in May. Lynch is one of only two people to have been voted every year in the Top 50 influencers in Dentistry since this voting started 17 years ago.
May 21, 2019
Dr. Bernard Hurlbut (Dental) accepted an invitation by Lanzhou University’s School of Stomatology in Gansu, China, to share his teaching expertise about CAD/CAM technologies. He also discussed integrating intra-oral scanning, preparation evaluation, and digital design into the program’s curriculum. The university is pursuing a substantial building project focused on health sciences, and expressed interest in establishing a research partnership to evaluate 3D printing for wound and bone healing...
May 10, 2019
Dr. Edward Lynch (Dental) co-authored “Performance and Safety of Handheld, Portable X-ray Units,” which appears in the April issue of the Journal of the Greater Houston Dental Society. The findings indicated that new hand-held radiography units were clinically acceptable, with the anticipated operator dose well below the annual occupational limits. The new method allows the use of radiographs to assess or confirm the success of treatment within an operatory, thereby increasing efficiency in...
May 7, 2019
Katherine Howard, Karl Kingsley, Matthew Hunsaker, and Greta Barba (all Dental) published the manuscript "Differential MicroRNA Expression of miR-21 and miR-155 within Oral Cancer Extracellular Vesicles in Response to Melatonin" in the May issue of Dentistry Journal. Hunsaker and Barba are seniors in the doctor of dental medicine program. 
April 30, 2019
Drs. Larry Hon, Mohamed Ahmed, and Edward Lynch (all Dental) co-authored "Reliability of Colour and Hardness Clinical Examinations in Detecting Dentine Caries Severity: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," which appears in the April issue of Scientific Reports – Nature. The study systematically reviewed, for the first time, the accuracy and reliability of dentine color and hardness as indicators for carious (cavity) activity. Results revealed that a hardness clinical examination is more...