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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
B007  Biomedical sciences  Medicine (human and vertebrates) 

Code Science Field
3.02  Medical and Health Sciences  Clinical medicine 
3.03  Medical and Health Sciences  Health sciences 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (20)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  24578  PhD Saba Battelino  Neurobiology  Researcher  2015 - 2016  591 
2.  01544  PhD Franc M. Farčnik  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2016  218 
3.  10442  PhD Nataša Ihan Hren  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2016  311 
4.  15470  PhD Janja Jan  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2016  275 
5.  12972  PhD Andrej Kansky  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  298 
6.  08224  PhD Igor Kopač  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  166 
7.  07261  PhD Vesna Koželj Oblak  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  164 
8.  32243  PhD Bojana Krneta Đokić  Medical sciences  Researcher  2013 - 2016  40 
9.  10745  PhD Milan Kuhar  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  110 
10.  04879  PhD Ljubo Marion  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  168 
11.  23176  PhD Lidija Nemeth  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2016  103 
12.  16301  PhD Čedomir Oblak  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2016  143 
13.  00965  PhD Maja Ovsenik  Stomatology  Head  2013 - 2016  488 
14.  23177  PhD Alenka Pavlič  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2016  190 
15.  07625  PhD Milan Petelin  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2016  243 
16.  29815  PhD Jasmina Primožič  Medical sciences  Researcher  2013 - 2016  232 
17.  13315  PhD Ecijo Sever  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  22 
18.  35633  Jura Štok    Technical associate  2013 - 2016 
19.  11953  PhD Dušan Šušterčič  Stomatology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  43 
20.  36712  Petra Vidmar Nikolić    Technical associate  2013 - 2016 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0381  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine  Ljubljana  1627066  48,765 
Investigation of the orofacial area from various specialistic branches in dentistry (pedodontics,orthodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics and dental diseases, periodontics and maxillofacial surgery) embraces different pathologies. Because of the diversity  the following is included in the programme: investigation of the enamel because of genetic factors, environmental pollutants and restorative materials , the influence of parodontal disease on systemic diseases,  functional disorders in orthodontics, hereditary anomalies and dentofacial anomalies, search for contemporary diagnostic methods in treating facial anomalies, investigation of prosthetic rehabilitation from the patient’s point of view  and on the level of restorative materials in prosthodontics. The selection of the patients, included into each of the studies presented in this proposal, will be based on history data and clinical examination and on additional indicated diagnostics procedures. Due to the diversity of the studies, included in this proposal, there is a wide variety of different methodologies: from imaging diagnostic procedures, to basic research of material, to genetic analyses. Further in this text each of the proposed study is described in details.The aim is to improve therapeutic protocols for congenital and acquired facial anomalies and prosthetic treatments evaluated from a subjective view as well as from the view of dental material improvement.
Significance for science
Nemeth: Possibilities of implementation of the research programme results in practice are: - usefulness of progressive magnetic-resonance imaging methods, such as ADC mapping for functional evaluation of the state of dental pulp of teeth with caries and for separation and localization of healthy and affected areas in the dental pulp; - introducing of interdisciplinary treatment in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Ihan Hren: The coefficients of following the facial soft tissues on facial regions according to movements of the upper and lower jaw in patients with skeletal R III malocclusion are in the world literature unique because of data of the 3-dimensional effect. The article with these results, received for publication in the British Journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery is clinically and research-wise very important. The results of surgery treatment efficiency represent a new, modern and non-invasive way of objective evaluation of efficiency of the orthognatic approach to treatment of skeletal irregularities. Data of speech properties proving that speech does not change and neither does the velopharingeal obstruction, are very important because they mean that also greater movements of the upper jaw do not influence this important function of the mouth cavity. Jan: The results will be helpful in preventing harmful effects of organochlorine pollutants in people and in the early detection of this exposure. Ovsenik: 3-dimensional examination of face and jaws in children in the period of growth and development is due to its non-invasive nature a reliable method that made possible a study of morphological characteristics of face and jaws and contributed to a better diagnosis of this irregularity. It was found that early treatment of unilateral functional crossbite with deviation of the mandible significantly improves morphological irregularities of jaws and facial asymmetry. US examination of tongue posture in association with jaw characteristics is a new approach to understanding the association of the irregular function with the shape characteristics of the jaws. Both examinations together bring a new approach in the early treatment of unilateral crossbite which is based for a long-term stability of treatment on the treatment of morphological and also functional irregularities of the orofacial reagion. Pavlič: Organization in realization of a course on inhalation sedation with do-nitric oxide and oxygen, running on 18 September and 3 October in 2015; report on the course available on https://issuu.com/gooya/docs/isis2015-12/52?e=4411864/31670616 Petelin: The presence of systemic inflammation is a common phenomenon in patients on hemodialysis and is a strong predictor of complications and mortality in these patients. Oral health has been evaluated using several indices: DMF index was used to determine the number of dacayed, missing and sealed teeth, the index of plaque in interdental spaces (IPIS) asseses the amount of dental plaque, with the index of sulcular bleeding (ISB) describing the reaction of the gingiva to the plaque. The CPITN index was evaluated the tissue condition and the need for periodontal treatment. In blood serum the following markers was determined: hsCRP, NOx, IgG against Pg and Aa and troponin T. Based on the findings, we can propose a treatment program for chronic inflammation of the periodontal tissues in patients on hemodialysis.
Significance for the country
Prevention means cutting down treatment expenses because of diminished severity of dental and skeletal anomalies, and it could lead to important economic effects by introducing newer, cheaper, non invasive diagnostic methods, such as ultrasound. The purpose of our programme was above all better quality of treatment and striving for excellence. Studies were extended to the area of diseases of dental pulp of deciduous teeth, primarily in order to establish clear guidelines for clinical practice for Slovenian dentists in this area. The research has medical significance and is important because surgical patients get a benefit. Since most of treated patients are Slovenian, it is important for the development of the Slovenian health system, but the research by it self is not limited to local and national borders. In most surgical centers worldwide are dealing with this issue, we are colaborating with clinics in Zagreb and Basel.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2013, 2014, 2015, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2013, 2014, 2015, final report
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