Only a maximum of four grants are awarded each year, and the AAFP determined that Dr. Ahn was deserving of one of them.
Dr. Ahn’s research is entitled “A Comparative Evaluation of Fracture Resistance of One-Piece Milled Chromium Cobalt Post and Cores with Different Post and Core systems: An In-vitro Study.”
“The primary purpose of this study,” explained Dr. Ahn, “is to investigate the use of copy- milled chromium cobalt posts and cores and an alternative to cast-gold posts and cores by examining fracture resistance. However, in the process, we will also generate some data on fracture resistance of milled zirconia posts and cores.”
Posts and cores are important to restoring an adequate coronal structure after a root canal treatment. The posts and cores are often made of gold; with gold currently selling at $1,700 per ounce, dentists now have to pay high overhead costs for gold crowns and cast gold posts and cores. Economics have therefore increased the demand for crowns, posts, and cores made from different materials.
Copy-milled zirconia or chromium cobalt posts and cores might be the alternative dentists need. Dr. Ahn will test this theory by examining the fracture resistance found in the alternative materials.
Dr. Ahn said she “could not have achieved this honor without the help” of her research mentors. They include Dr. Damian Lee, Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Satish Alapati, Assistant Professor, Endodontics;
“I am honored to have been selected to receive the Tylman research grant,” exclaimed Dr. Ahn. “Receiving a grant from an organization that is so prominently recognized within our field is a reflection of the Prosthodontics Department’s strong commitment to being leaders in shaping the future of dentistry.”
(Written by Lucia Gonzalez.)
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry is celebrating its 100th year as a college of the University of Illinois in 2013 with special events throughout the year under the theme “A Proud Past, A Brilliant Future.”