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Odontology (dentistry)
the study of the structure, development and abnormalities of the teeth

The study of the structure, development and abnormalities of the teeth

Conditions in the oral cavity may be indicative of systemic diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, or cancer. Many studies have also shown that gum disease is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and preterm birth. Nikon’s Eclipse POL polarising microscopes and high zoom SMZ stereomicroscope range are ideal for examination and preparation of porcelain surfaces, polymer and hard tissue. A multidisciplinary approach employs advanced imaging techniques using microscopes such as Nikon’s Eclipse Ti inverted microscopes, the Eclipse Ni upright microscope, the AZ 100 Multizoom upright zoom microscope and the powerful A1+/A1R+ confocal microscopes and A1 MP+ multiphoton microscope systems to investigate cell signalling and transcriptional networks regulating development of craniofacial organs. The Nikon IM-Q and CT BioStation time-lapse imaging incubator microscope systems are ideal for stem cell studies, providing carefully controlled conditions which promote consistent and healthy cell populations and enable cell growth in culture to be easily monitored. In addition, these advanced microscope systems are ideal for studying cell biology of the bone and periodontal regeneration, as well as the microbiology of dental caries, offering live-cell imaging to provide critical insight into the fundamental nature of cellular and tissue function. Fluorescent probes allow identification of intermolecular interactions to study caries pathogenesis and evaluate novel prevention and treatment methods.

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