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About the Discipline of Dental Technology at Otago

The Discipline of Dental Technology firmly believes in research-informed teaching. We pride ourselves in doing high-quality research through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Our students have a strong biomaterials focus involving the biomechanical aspects of dental materials. We use this platform to investigate both design principles and the handling properties of materials.

Our research focuses on biomaterials and craniofacial biomechanics:

  • Prosthodontics – failure mechanisms and adhesion of dental restorations and materials
  • Forensic science – in vitro modelling of blunt force trauma, forensic odontology, wounding, and ballistic blood splatter analysis)
  • Intra-oral pressure dynamics
  • Mechanical properties and microstructure of biomaterials and dental hard tissues