Professor of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
Ivar A. Mjör, a world-renowned researcher at the UF College of Dentistry, is investigating how general dental practice has changed over time, with special emphasis on operative dentistry.
Mjör, who is the college’s Academy One Hundred Eminent Scholar, seeks to identify problems in general dental practice. He says most of the problems can be solved through basic research. “Billions of dollars are spent on replacement of dental restorations such as fillings and crowns, which constitute 70 to 75 percent of the work done on adults in general dental practices,” says Mjör, who came to UF in 1993 after 20 years at the Scandinavian Institute of Dental Materials. “The most common reason for replacing restorations is recurrent caries/cavities that we know little about.”
“Dr. Mjör’s studies will have an important impact on the general dentistry practice, especially when it comes to the longevity of restorative materials,” says Dr. Gregory Smith, professor and chair of UF’s Department of Operative Dentistry. “His research is timely and needed to guide professionals in selecting restorative materials for optimal patient care.”