Dr. Alexia Oetken and Dental Bonding research

Dental Bonding Research

How cool is this?!  This week we spotted Dr. Alexia (Murray) Oetken’s name in a popular dental journal, Dentistry Today.    Her research on dental bonding is making an impact!

Dr. Alexia (Murray) Oetken was involved in dental research at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  The University of Iowa Dental Research Center is a highly recognized dental research facility.  Researchers work together from around the world on different dental topics.  The topics cover a wide range of subjects.  The subjects include dental and oral diseases, oral health prevention, dental materials, dental technology, and more.

Dr. Alexia’s research mentor, Dr. Marcos Vargas, is a recognized expert in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.  He lectures nationally and internationally on cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Vargas has published articles extensively in topics on dental bonding.

Dr. Alexia’s specific research topics were dental materials such as white fillings and dental bonding.  Over 3 years, Dr. Alexia developed and executed 2 dental research projects on dental bonding material and techniques. One of Dr. Alexia Oetken and Dr. Marcos Vargas’ research projects evaluated the effect of different insertion techniques on the marginal adaptation of resin-composite restorations.   Resin-composite restorations are tooth-colored fillings.   Highly specific techniques are needed to achieve successful results.  Her second research project evaluated different adhesive or dental bonding systems on the resin-dentin bond durability.  Dental adhesion allows for conservative removal of tooth structure and esthetic outcomes during dental treatment.

She presented these projects on both the local level and the national level.  Her efforts granted her second and third place awards in the American Dental Association (ADA) Table Clinic Competition at the Dows Institute for Dental Research.

Look below to see the journal page where the information from her research study is used!

Dentistry is always changing.  The technology and materials are constantly evolving to improve every day dentistry.  Dental research is vital to the progression of dentistry.  Being on the cutting edge of both dental technology and dental materials is necessary to meet the evolving oral health care needs of our patients.

Exceptional Dentistry provides complete family, cosmetic, dental bonding, tooth whitening, implant, orthodontic, and sedation dental care at 4200 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52002 and serves the Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL and other Tri State areas.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ted Murray Dr. Kristen Berning, or Dr. Alexia Oetken please call 563-556-2711  or contact us online.


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