Learning Objectives

  • Understand what it means for a dental material to be “bioactive”
  • Understand the mechanics of ion release
  • Comprehension of the current evidence for bioactivity of dental materials
  • Evaluate bioactive materials for use in your practice
  • Understand how to use bioactive materials clinically

Nathaniel Lawson DMD, PhD

Nathaniel Lawson DMD PhD is the Director of the Division of Biomaterials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and the program director of the Biomaterials residency program and the interim director of the Advanced Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry residency program.

He graduated from UAB School of Dentistry in 2011 and obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2012. He has served as an investigator on over 50 research grants, published 50 peer reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, over 25 articles in trade journals, and 75 research abstracts.

His research interests are the mechanical, optical, and biologic properties of dental materials and clinical evaluation of new dental materials. He was the 2016 recipient of the Stanford New Investigator Award and the 2017 3M Innovative Research Fellowship both from the American Dental Association.

He has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of dental materials. He also works as a general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice.

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