Research & Scholarly Activities

The Department of Periodontology is actively engaged in clinical and translational research that truly focuses upon the UAB School of Dentistry’s core values: excellence, patient-centered, innovation, and unity of purpose. We aim to conduct research that meets the highest standards in a state-of-the-art facility to provide benefits to our patients and to expand the knowledge base in periodontology. Our research interests include periodontal-systemic connection, innovative regenerative technologies, endosseous dental implant innovations, epigenetics, and the periodontal microbiome.

Active studies include:

  • APART (Autoantibodies and Periodontal Health Assessment in Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • OHMOM (Oral Health and Maternal Outcomes Measures) (NCT01549587)
  • Performance of Microtextured Implants (NCT0181417)
  • Performance of Growth Factor in Vertical Defects (NCT01728844)
  • Performance of Enamel Matrix Derivatives in Horizontal Bone Loss
  • A Prospective Study of Augmentation Techniques in Extraction Sites (NCT01836783)

Department Publications 2012-2013

Manuscripts

  • Romanos AH, Geurs NC, Abou-Arraj RV. Pedicle Connective Tissue Graft With Novel Palatal Tunneling. Clinical Advances in Periodontics 14 March 2013: 1-8 (Accepted for publication).
  • Abou-Arraj RV, Geurs NC, Romanos AH. Autogenous Options for Soft Tissue Management of Extraction Sockets in the Anterior Maxilla. Clinical Advances in Periodontics 14 March 2013: 1-10 (Accepted for publication).
  • Abou-Arraj RV, Souccar NM. Periodontal Treatment of Excessive Gingival Display. Seminars in Orthodontics (Accepted for publication).
  • Geisinger ML, Holmes CM, Vassilopoulos PJ, Geurs NC, Reddy MS. Adjunctive Treatment of Chronic Periodontitis with Systemic Low-Dose Aspirin Therapy. Clin Adv Periodontics, 3(2): 195-199, 2012.
  • Geisinger ML, Holmes CM, Vassilopoulos PJ, Geurs NC, Reddy MS. Are Short Dental Implants Able to Demonstrate Predictable Success for Single Tooth Restorations? A Review of Current Evidence. Clinical Advances in Periodontics. Accepted for Publication April 2013.
  • Geisinger ML, Robinson M, Kaur M, Gerlach RW, Griffin R, Geurs NC, Reddy MS. Individualized Education Improves Clinical Outcomes of Pregnancy Gingivitis: A Pilot Study. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Under Review
  • Geisinger ML, Geurs NC, Bain JL, Kaur M, Vassilopoulos PJ, Cliver SP, Hauth JC, Reddy MS. Oral Health Education and Therapy Reduces Gingivitis during Pregnancy. J Clin Periodontol Under Review
  • Geisinger ML, Holmes CM, Vassilopoulos PJ, Geurs NC, Reddy MS. Is laser disinfection an effective adjunctive treatment to bone augmentation for periimplantitis? A Review of Current Evidence. Clin Adv Periodontics Under Review
  • Beaudry KA, Geurs NC, Lemons JE and Reddy MS. Bone Formation Under Sinus Using Venous Coagulum. Clinical Advances in Periodontics Posted online on 20 May 2013.
  • Geurs N, Ntounis A, Vassilopoulos P, Reddy M. Ridge Preservation Using Growth Factors In Human Extraction Sockets. A Histologic and Histomorphometric Study. IJOMI submitted for publication.
  • Nevins M, Kao RT, McGuire MK, McClain PK, Hinrichs JE, McAllister BS, Reddy MS, Nevins ML, Genco RJ, Lynch SE, Giannobile WV. Platelet-Derived growth factor promotes periodontal regeneration in localized osseous defects: 36-Month extension results from a Randomized Controlled, Double-Masked Clinical Trial. J Periodontol. 84:456-464, 2013. (May 21, 2012 epub ahead of print) PMID: 22612364 PMC In Process
  • Natarajarathinam G, Chavali R, Reddy M, O’Neal J, McCracken M. Clinical efficacy of immediately loaded one-piece small diameter implants: A prospective 3-year cohort analysis. (submitted,JOMI, 2012)
  • Reddy MS, Morgan SL. Decreased Bone Mineral Density and Periodontal Management. Periodontology 2000:16:195-218, 2013. PMID: 23240950
  • Culpepper BK, Bonvallet PP, Reddy MS, Ponnazhagan S, Bellis SL. Polyglutamate directed coupling of bioactive peptides for delivery of osteoinductive signals on allograft bone. Biomaterials 34(5):1506-1513, 2013. PMID: 23182349 PMC3518561
  • Nevins M, Kao RT, McGuire MK, McClain PK, Hinrichs JE, McAlister BS, Reddy MS, Nevins ML, Genco RJ, Lynch SE, Giannobile WV. J Periodontol 84(4)
  • Palcanis K, Geiger B, O’Neal M, Werner K, Ivankova N, Evans R, Kennedy L. A mixed methods conceptual framework for curriculum enhancement of evidence-based dental education. J Dent Ed, 76:1600-1614, 2012.
  • Palcanis K, Lantz M. Continued competency in the specialties and academics. J Am Col Dent 79:28-32, 2012.

 

Monograph/non-peer-reviewed

  • Vassilopoulos PJ, Geurs NC, Geisinger ML. Factors that influence the position of Facial Gingival Position on Maxillary Anterior Teeth. Seminars in Orthodontics, 19(1); 37-48, 2013.

 

Abstracts

  • Abou-Arraj RV, Geisinger ML, Vassilopoulos PJ, Reddy M, Geurs NC. Gingival Biotype enhancement with acellular dermal matrix allografts. J Dent Res 92:915, 2013
  • Vassilopoulos PJ, Nguyen MA, Reddy MS, Geisinger ML, Geurs NC. Effect of growth factors on implant exposure and bone loss. J Dent Res 92:194, 2013.
  • Abou-Arraj RV, Geisinger ML, Vassilopoulos PJ, Reddy M, Geurs NC. Gingival Biotype enhancement with acellular dermal matrix allografts. J Dent Res 92:915, 2013
  • Kaur M, Bain JL, Geisinger M, Geurs N, Reddy M. Gingival inflammation reduction alters GCF cytokine levels in pregnancy gingivitis. J Dent Res 92:1433, 2013
  • Geisinger ML, Robinson MA, Kaur M, Litaker MS, Geurs NC, Reddy MS. Individualized education improves clinical outcomes of pregnancy gingivitis. J Dent Res 92:2497, 2013
  • Hulgan CA, Geisinger ML, Reddy MS. Assessment of dentist knowledge and management of diabetes mellitus patients. J Dent Res 92:3874, 2013
  • Geurs NC, O'Neal SJ, Reddy MS. Plaque, mucosal health and probing depth around laser ablated abutments. J Dent Res 92:2813, 2013.
  • Geurs NC, Reddy MS. A Controlled, Double-Blind, Randomized, Parallel-arm, Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Laser-ablated Implant Abutments for Enhanced Oral Mucosal Healing AO meeting 2013
  • Engebretson S, Michalowicz B, Seaquist ER, Reddy M, et al. The Diabetes and Periodontal Therapy Trial (DPTT). J Dent Res 91:158472, 2012.