Research

Groundbreaking research fuels the specialty and gives both established and developing endodontists the tools to achieve excellence in patient care, saving natural teeth whenever possible. The Foundation helps fund impactful studies, allocating approximately $260,000 annually in research grants. From 1990 to 2000, the Foundation funded $1 million in research; since 2001 over $6 million has been invested in research!

This research has enabled advances in many areas, such as dental materials, pain management, microbiology, clinical research and regeneration. Currently, three funded endeavors aim to advance the application of stem cells to save compromised teeth, with funding from the Foundation, over a six year period.


Multi-Year Study in Regenerative Endodontics

Cell Based Approaches in Endodontic Regeneration

Institution / Investigator

  • University of California at Los Angeles / Mo K. Kang, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.
  • University of Southern California / Songtao Shi, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Yonsei University Dental College / Euiseong Kim, D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.
  • Kyung Hee University College of Dentistry / Sang Hyuk Park, D.M.D., M.S.D., Ph.D.

Total Funding

  • $600,000

Prospective and Retrospective Treatment Analysis of Regenerative Outcomes in Immature Teeth

Institution / Investigator

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Asam A. Khan, B.D.S., Ph.D.
  • University of Washington / Natasha M. Flake, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • New York University / Jennifer L. Gibbs, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Total Funding

  • $200,000

Regenerative of Pulp Dentin Development in Teeth with Necrotic Pulps and Immature Roots

Institution / Investigator

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio / Kenneth M. Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • University of Maryland / Ashraf F. Fouad, B.D.S., D.D.S., M.S.
  • Loma Linda University / Mahmoud Torabinejad, D.M.D., M.S.D., Ph.D.

Total Funding

  • $1.7 million

Ensuring the Development of Science in Endodontics

Faculty who manage these research grants will gain a higher profile within their institutions, and endodontic departments will gain recognition when they generate public awareness and revenue for their university.

We target both investigations that may not appeal to the broader interests of other funders as well as studies that are likely to attract ongoing support from a larger agency and garner prominence in the government’s funding agenda.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Foundation for Endodontics' commitment to research in the specialty.