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Assessment of the orofacial region to improve oral health

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
3.02.00  Medical sciences  Stomatology   
3.08.00  Medical sciences  Public health (occupational safety)   

Code Science Field
3.02  Medical and Health Sciences  Clinical medicine 
Tooth, enamel defects, dental caries, narrow-band imaging, , saliva, COPD, biofilm extracellular vesicles, stapedotomyorthodontic, 3D facial analysis, dental materials, zirconium implants
Evaluation (rules)
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Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 20, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  243  3,581  3,243  13.35 
Scopus  259  4,190  3,830  14.79 
Researchers (13)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  24578  PhD Saba Battelino  Neurobiology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  591 
2.  01544  PhD Franc M. Farčnik  Stomatology  Retired researcher  2022 - 2024  218 
3.  10442  PhD Nataša Ihan Hren  Stomatology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  309 
4.  15470  PhD Janja Jan  Stomatology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  275 
5.  32243  PhD Bojana Krneta Đokić  Medical sciences  Researcher  2022 - 2024  40 
6.  23176  PhD Lidija Nemeth  Stomatology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  102 
7.  16301  PhD Čedomir Oblak  Stomatology  Head  2022 - 2024  143 
8.  00965  PhD Maja Ovsenik  Stomatology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  488 
9.  39579  Rok Ovsenik  Stomatology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  22 
10.  23177  PhD Alenka Pavlič  Stomatology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  190 
11.  29815  PhD Jasmina Primožič  Medical sciences  Researcher  2022 - 2024  232 
12.  35633  Jura Štok    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
13.  34578  PhD Miha Verdenik  Stomatology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  38 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0381  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine  Ljubljana  1627066  48,743 
Investigation of the orofacial area covers different dental medical fields (pedontology, dental diseases, orthodontics, maxillofacial surgery and dental prosthetics) with different interrelated pathology. The program presents the use of basic and clinical research: examination of the orofacial area, investigation of morphological and histological characteristics of enamel with etiology of developmental defects (Pavlič, Battelino), identification of caries risk and influence of external factors on dental pulp response (Jan, Nemeth), investigation of functional morphological abnormalities in orthodontics (Ovsenik, Primožič, Krneta Đokić), modern diagnostic methods in changing the soft tissues of the entire form (Ihan Hren), examination of dental materials in the clinical evaluation of ceramic and implant prosthetic rehabilitation (Oblak, Petelin). Pavlič: We will study macroscopic and microscopic characteristics and deviations from the normal tooth enamel structure of the subjects. As part of clinical research, we will examine the methods and effectiveness of treatment of dental hypomineralization. Battelino: We will study the effects and possibilities of using platelet-enriched plasma in cranial base surgeries. Second, we will examine changes in the tasting and sensible part of VII. cerebral nerve after middle ear surgeries. Jan, Nemeth: The purpose of the study is to determine the risk of caries, the impact on the function and responses of the pulp in various disease states (orthodontic movements, COPD). The findings will shed light on the role of saliva in the etiopathogenesis of poor oral health in patients with COPD and help develop a multidisciplinary prevention program. Ovsenik: In orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics contemporary diagnostic methods will be used to assess the morphological and functional characteristics of the orofacial region among children during growth, development.and treatment on the facial soft and hard tissues as well as on teeth. Possible side effects and risks associated with orthodontic treatment will be evaluated and consequently treatment protocols improved for their prevention. Ihan Hren: We plan to quantify facial characteristics in young Slovenian and older adults, to establish a database of 3D average gender-dependent Slovenian faces and quantify the aging changes. Second, we will establish the facial soft-tissues changes after different surgical corrections of facial bones to objectively describe the whole facial changes. Oblak, Petelin: We plan to investigate dental materials and clinical evaluation of prosthetic rehabilitation. We will study the adhesion of biofilm to dental materials and its effect on periodontal tissues, the survival of FDPs made of translucent monolithic zirconia ceramics in laboratory and clinical conditions, and evaluate the mechanical properties and clinical performance of two-part dental implants made of zirconium oxide ceramics.
Significance for science
Many researches from different related fields of medicine are included in research programme group and their scientifical research work is variable. Main advantage of such structure of the research group is its diversity and the connection in the same time. The goal of all planned different researches is the improvement of quality of treatment in dentistry and medicine. As part of the planned work, we will continue to investigate the structure and composition of tooth enamel in patients with various developmental diseases in which the enamel does not develop properly. We will also extend our research to the study of the genetic record. The goal of our research is the answer about the etiology of developmental teeth disorders. This answer could represent the important contribution to science. In one of the projects in the field of dental diseases, we will determine whether patients with COPD have more carious lesions and a higher caries risk compared to subjects without COPD. Saliva plays an important protective role in maintaining oral health. So we will also determine the characteristics of saliva in patients with COPD. Data from measurements of saliva flow and quality will be compared with Clinical oral dryness score and the subjective feeling of dry mouth. The findings will highlight the role of saliva in the etiopathogenesis of poor oral health in patients with COPD, which is the fastest growing chronic systemic disease in the world. They will help to develop an integrated multidisciplinary oral health preventive programme for this high-risk population and will represent an important contribution to science. We want to provide a database on the three-dimensional characteristics of the Slovenian face by gender and quantify changes with aging. At the same time, we want to objectify data on changes in the face as a whole after surgical changes in the facial bones. Facial features are ethnically conditioned and as such need a database for the average male and female Slovenian face, which is clinically and researchally important. At the same time, data on the relationshio between bone displacement and soft-tissue changes are universal, in the world literature for the whole face and not all bone changes are yet known. In the field of modern dental materials and their mechanical properties, research methods have already been introduced and successful. However, less is known about the influence of dental material surfaces on the adhesion of oral biofilms. The aim of the research is to answer how much the adhesion of periodontopathogenic bacteria on the tooth surface and on the surface of prosthetic restorations in the oral cavity influences the development of periodontal disease. The aim of our research is also to determine which properties of fixed prosthetic materials are crucial for biofilm adhesion and to contribute to the science in the field of surface preparation of dental materials with the obtained findings.
Significance for the country
The goal of all planned researches, although they are very different, is the improvement of quality of treatment in dentistry and medicine. The achieved goals will also represent an important socio-economic improvement because their realization will be the new diagnostic and therapeutic methods as the new knowledge about etiology for example of MIH disease and use of new materials and technologies in orofacial rehabilitation. Investigating normal facial growth and development of the orofacial functions will allow us to early identify deviations from them, thereby affecting the possibility of early reorientation of growth and development, which could lead to a reduction in the burden on the health system in dental and maxillofacial orthopedics. Identifying the factors that contribute the most to the development of dental diseases in patients with COPD also has a significant impact on the introduction of targeted preventive measures in these patients and represents an important contribution to higher quality of life. The structure of research programme group allows qualitative research work and connection of research work within different fields of stomatology; as between different specialists and also technological tools. This kind of planned research work is interdisciplinary; and this influences on economical part.
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