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Prosthodontic Research: Breaking Traditional BarriersFULL TEXT
• Christian S. Stohler, DMD, Dr Med Dent •
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A break with traditional lines of enquiry is required, which will entail a corresponding break with established departmental boundaries, to gain access to a multiplicity of complementary skills. Several themes will be crucial in future prosthodontic research: clinical decision making, including health economics; materials science and host response at the implant interface; biocompatibility, functional properties and serviceability of prosthodontic materials; and function and dysfunction of the masticatory system. These themes are at the core of future projects that will address quality-of-life issues related to tooth loss.
Prosthodontic researchers will have to be far more aggressive in developing synergistic collaborative arrangements, to align prosthodontic research with the major issues of the day, such as aging of the population, health disparities and access to preventive strategies. Through these collaborations, prosthodontics will remain a flagship discipline within dentistry, and its practitioners will be engaged in the major issues of health care.
MeSH Key Words: dental research/trends; evidence based medicine; prosthodontics/trendsReply to this article | View replies 
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