Associate professor and director of the Laboratory of Dental Biomaterials and Interfaces
Ana Bedran-Russo is working to make tooth decay a thing of the past.
Bedran-Russo is using biology to enhance the properties of the tooth so as to halt the progression of decay — and developing new ways to restore teeth using materials that are more like the tooth itself. The more natural material will ultimately improve outcomes by reducing the likelihood that the tooth will need to be repaired again.
The chemical compounds she studies – proanthocyanidins – are a class of polyphenols derived from plants. These renewable materials can be found in seeds, bark and leaves. Bedran-Russo is also experimenting with grape seed, cocoa seed, pine bark and cinnamon bark extracts.
Advances in restorative dentistry have implications not only for oral health, but for overall well-being. Bedran-Russo’s work will give patients treatment options that will help them remain free of dental decay.
- Restorative dentistry
- Dental biomaterials
In the News
May 9, 2017