Application of intra-oral 3-Dimensional Scanning to monitor oral health in children

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Paediatrics
Location
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor David Burgner david.burgner@mcri.edu.au +61 (3) 9936 6730 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Mihiri Silva mihiri.silva@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
A/Prof Nicky Kilpatrick nicky@bassdata.com.au

Summary This project will evaluate the validity of an intra-oral scanner to measure the presence and severity of dental caries and developmental defects in children of different ages in both primary and secondary dentition. The PhD involves performing clinical assessments, including dental examinations and 3D intra oral scanning, on children, with a substantial analytical component to validate the intra oral scanner for population health research and as a diagnostic and patient management tool.

Project Details

The Inflammatory Origins group within the Infection and Immunity Theme is led by Prof David Burgner, an experienced paediatric infectious diseases physician and researcher. The group aims to understand why some children are more susceptible to infection and inflammation, and what the long-term effects are, especially on cardiovascular and metabolic health. The group also has a major interest in oral health and seeks to integrate oral health into broader life course studies. Together with our research collaborators, 3Shape, Denmark, we are pleased to offer this unique opportunity for a suitably qualified oral health professional to undertake an exciting PhD project within our group.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for improved options for tele-health, including tele-dentistry. Three-dimensional scanning promises considerable potential for recording and monitoring oral health. Although traditionally restricted clinically to orthodontics and prosthodontics, recent rapid developments in 3D technologies will expand its application to a much broader range of clinical and research settings including remote oral health assessment and automatized diagnostics.

This PhD project will evaluate the validity of an intra-oral scanner to measure the presence and severity of dental caries and developmental defects in children of different ages in both primary and secondary dentition. The project will be nested within a number of large population-based and clinical high-risk cohorts at the Melbourne Children’s Campus. The PhD involves performing clinical assessments, including dental examinations and 3D intra oral scanning, on children, with a substantial analytical component to validate the intra oral scanner for population health research and as a diagnostic and patient management tool.

The successful applicant will join a dynamic, supportive and productive research team based in Melbourne, Australia and Copenhagen, Denmark. The candidate will be based at the MCRI but will work closely with the product development team at 3Shape (Denmark). The PhD program will include a full-time PhD stipend, and potential funding for international travel, including part of the candidature to be based in Denmark. Part-time candidature may be considered.



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine



Research Opportunities

PhD students
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Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Paediatrics

Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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