Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences

The Unit of Oral Health Sciences at the Medical Faculty, University of Oulu is performing clinical and applied oral and dental research in collaboration with the other research units of the Faculty and with other domestic and international collaborating units.

The Unit of Oral Health Sciences publishes yearly about one hundred publications, 80% of which are international peer-reviewed publications.

The research topics of the Unit of Oral Health Science are interdisciplinary but partly related to different disciplines in dentistry. According to the strategy of the University of Oulu, the point in research has, however, been focused on The Northern Finland Birth Cohort Studies and on the other hand the use of high technology in the research of life long health and relations to oral health items.

The laboratory work in Oral Health Research is done in the common laboratory facilities located at Kontinkangas campus area, University of Oulu.

The Unit of Oral Health Sciences comprises seven disciplines headed by a professor. In combination with research, each discipline is responsible for the basic dental education of the field, as well as clinical and scientific postgraduate education.

Research by Discipline

Prosthetic Dentistry and Stomatognathic Physiology

Professor Aune Raustia, Dosent Ritva Näpänkangas 

  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)- epidemiology, etiology, diagnostics and treatment
  • Oral rehabilitation – fixed and removable prosthodontics, implant dentistry
Oral Development and Orthodontics

Professor Pertti Pirttiniemi, Dosent Virpi Harila, Dosent Tuomo Heikkinen, Dosent Raija Lähdesmäki

  • Craniofacial and dental growth and development
  • The effect of masticatory function on TMJ
  • Long-term effects of orthodontic treatment
  • Orthodontic tratment and te Quality of Life issues
Periodontology and Geriatric Dentistry

Professor Pekka Ylöstalo, Professor Tellervo Tervonen, Adjunct professor Anna-Maija Syrjälä

  • Epidemiology of periodontal diseases
  • Interrelation between periodontal diseases and non-oral diseases
  • Risk factors for periodontal diseases
  • Genetic basis of periodontal diseases


Cariology, Endodontology and Paediatric Dentistry

Professor Vuokko Anttonen, Research manager, professor Leo Tjäderhane

  • Population based studies on dental caries and erosion
  • Practice-based research using i. e. survival analysis of teeth, restorations and endodontic treatments
  • Clinical studies on caries diagnostics
  • Research on oral health of children
  • Studies on restorative materials and bonding agents
  • Pulp biology
Community Dentistry

Professor Jorma Virtanen (fixed term)

  • Epidemiology of oral diseases
  • Oral healthcare services
  • Dental ergonomics


Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Professori Kyösti Oikarinen, Professori George Sandor

  • Stem cells, bone substitutes and guided tissue regeneration in reconstruction of maxillofacial bone  
  • Cleft palate patients and their treatment in Northern Finland
  • Sleep apnoe research
  • Dental and maxillofacial traumas


Oral Radiology

DDS, PhD Annina Sipola

  • TMD imaging
  • Optimization in dental imaging

Last updated: 19.6.2018