Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Lawson is a general dentist with a PhD in the field of bioengineering. He conducts clinical and laboratory testing of dental materials, teaches and lectures internationally on clinical applications of dental materials, and works as a general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 Effect of Surface Treatment and Cement on Fracture Load of Traditional Zirconia (3Y), Translucent Zirconia (5Y), and Lithium Disilicate CrownsJournal of Prosthodontics.  28:659-665. 2019
    2019 Choice of cement for single-unit crowns: Findings from The National Dental Practice-Based Research NetworkJournal of the American Dental Association.  150:522-530. 2019
    2019 Clinical acceptance of single-unit crowns and its association with impression and tissue displacement techniques: Findings from the National Dental Practice-Based Research NetworkJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry2019
    2019 Strength and translucency of zirconia after high-speed sinteringJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry2019
    2018 Comparison of the mechanical properties of translucent zirconia and lithium disilicateJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  120:132-137. 2018
    2018 Retention of CAD/CAM resin composite crowns following different bonding protocolsAmerican Journal of Dentistry.  31:97-102. 2018
    2018 U.S. Dental Schools' preparation for the integrated national board dental examinationJournal of Dental Education.  82:252-259. 2018
    2018 Microleakage around zirconia crown margins after ultrasonic scaling with self-adhesive resin or resin modified glass ionomer cementJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.  30:73-80. 2018
    2018 Retentive force of zirconia implant crowns on titanium bases following different surface treatmentsInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants.  33:530-535. 2018
    2017 Machinability of CAD-CAM materialsJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  118:194-199. 2017
    2017 Evaluation of Different Polishing Systems and Speeds for Dental ZirconiaJournal of Prosthodontics.  26:410-418. 2017
    2017 Tipping Point: An Update on Curing Lights, Resin Composites, and Matrix Systems.Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.  38:120-121. 2017
    2017 Light-transmitting fiber optic posts: An in vitro evaluationJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  117:116-123. 2017
    2017 Microleakage around Class V Composite Restorations after Ultrasonic Scaling and Sonic Toothbrushing around their MarginJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.  29:41-48. 2017
    2016 Dentist material selection for single-unit crowns: Findings from the National Dental Practice-Based Research NetworkJournal of Dentistry.  55:40-47. 2016
    2016 Wear, strength, modulus and hardness of CAD/CAM restorative materialsDental Materials.  32:e275-e283. 2016
    2016 A 2-year Retrospective Clinical study of Enamic Crowns Performed in a Private Practice SettingJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.  28:231-237. 2016
    2016 Cleaning Methods for Zirconia Following Salivary ContaminationJournal of Prosthodontics.  25:375-379. 2016
    2016 Long-span fixed partial denture repair: A conservative modern material solutionChinese Journal of Polymer Science2016
    2016 Long-span fixed partial denture repair: A conservative modern material solutionDentistry Today.  35. 2016
    2016 Wear of an enhanced resin-modified glass-ionomer restorative materialAmerican Journal of Dentistry.  29:171-174. 2016
    2016 Factors influencing the progression of noncarious cervical lesions: A 5-year prospective clinical evaluationJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  115:571-577. 2016
    2016 Gloss and stain resistance of ceramic-polymer CAD/CAM restorative blocksJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.  28:S40-S45. 2016
    2016 Translucency, Stain Resistance, and Hardness of Composites Used for Invisalign AttachmentsJournal of Clinical Orthodontics.  50:170-176. 2016
    2015 Depth of cure of bulk fill composites with mono wave and polywave curing lightsAmerican Journal of Dentistry.  28:357-361. 2015
    2015 Effect of grain size on the monoclinic transformation, hardness, roughness, and modulus of aged partially stabilized zirconiaDental Materials.  31:1487-1492. 2015
    2015 Two-year randomized, controlled clinical trial of a flowable and conventional composite in Class i restorationsOperative Dentistry.  40:594-602. 2015
    2015 Bulk-fill of Class II RestorationsInside Dentistry.  11. 2015
    2015 Influence of etching protocol and silane treatment with a universal adhesive on lithium disilicate bond strengthOperative Dentistry.  40:372-378. 2015
    2015 Clinicians reaping benefits of new concepts in impressioningCompendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.  36:152-153. 2015
    2015 Bonding a veneered zirconia anterior fixed partial dentureCompendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.  36. 2015
    2015 Color and gloss of nano-filled resin-modified glass ionomers and resin compositesJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.  27:293-299. 2015
    2015 Contact angle of unset elastomeric impression materials Presented at the American Association for Dental Research Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, March 2014.Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  114:536-542. 2015
    2015 Fracture load of ceramic restorations after fatigue loadingJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  114:266-271. 2015
    2015 General Dentists' Use of Isolation Techniques during Root Canal Treatment: From the National Dental Practice-based Research NetworkJournal of Endodontics.  41:1219-1225. 2015
    2015 Phase transformation of dental zirconia following artificial agingJournal of Biomedical Materials Research.  103:1519-1523. 2015
    2015 Wear of nanofilled dental composites at varying filler concentrationsJournal of Biomedical Materials Research.  103:424-429. 2015
    2014 Dental ceramics: a current reviewCompendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.  35. 2014
    2014 Enamel wear opposing polished and aged zirconiaOperative Dentistry.  39:189-194. 2014
    2014 Influence of particle abrasion or hydrofluoric acid etching on lithium disilicate flexural strengthJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  112:1164-1170. 2014
    2014 Wear of enamel opposing zirconia and lithium disilicate after adjustment, polishing and glazingJournal of Dentistry.  42:1586-1591. 2014
    2013 Comparing Digital and Conventional Impressions: Assessing the accuracy, efficiency, and value of today’s systemsInside Dentistry.  9. 2013
    2013 An analysis of the physiologic parameters of intraoral wear: A reviewJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics.  46. 2013
    2013 Are you removing your PVS impression materials too soon?Alpha Omegan.  106:38-39. 2013
    2013 The wear of polished and glazed zirconia against enamel.J Prosthet Dent.  109:22-29. 2013
    2012 Evaluation of outgassing, tear strength, and detail reproduction in alginate substitute materialsOperative Dentistry.  37:540-547. 2012
    2012 Characterization of third-body media particles and their effect on in vitro composite wearDental Materials.  28. 2012
    2012 Effect of light activation on resin-modified glass ionomer shear bond strengthOperative Dentistry.  37:380-385. 2012
    2011 Flow profile of regular and fast-setting elastomeric impression materials using a shark fin testing deviceJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.  23:171-176. 2011
    2008 Tensile elastic recovery of elastomeric impression materialsJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  100:29-33. 2008
    2008 Tear dtrength of five elastomeric impression materials at two setting times and two tearing ratesJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.  20:186-193. 2008
    2007 Crown retention and flexural strength of eight provisional cementsJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  98:455-460. 2007
    Ceramic Restorations Flourishing With State-of-the-Art Materials, Methods.Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.  39:722-723.
    Intraoral Air Abrasion: A Review of Devices, Materials, Evidence, and Clinical Applications in Restorative Dentistry.Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.  40:508-513.

    Research Overview

  • Laboratory testing of biomaterials including: mechanical properties (strength, wear), applied properties (crown fracture strength, crown retention strength, bond strength), esthetic properties (translucency, gloss, staining), surface properties (contact angle, surface roughness, SEM evaluation), and bioactive properties (ion release, artificial caries models).

    Clinical testing of biomaterials including: Class V retention studies, Direct restoration studies (Class I and II), Crown/cement studies, and bleaching studies
  • Principal Investigator On

  • Private Grant  awarded by IVOCLAR-VIVADENT 2017 - 2021
  • Private Grant  awarded by 3M COMPANY 2015 - 2020
  • Private Grant  awarded by NOBIO, LTD 2019 - 2020
  • Private Grant  awarded by DIGITAL DENTAL 2019 - 2020
  • Private Grant  awarded by MICROCOPY DENTAL 2019 - 2020
  • Private Grant  awarded by DENTSPLY IMPLANTS 2016 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by IVOCLAR-VIVADENT 2016 - 2019
  • 3M Innovative Research Fellowship  awarded by American Dental Association 2017 - 2018
  • Private Grant  awarded by DENTAL MATERIAL GESELLSCHAFT MBH (DMG) 2015 - 2018
  • Bioactive Materials: Ion Release, Secondary Caries Depth and Elemental Analysis of Surrounding Tooth  awarded by American Dental Association 2017 - 2018
  • Private Grant  awarded by TRENDSIGHT ORAL CARE 2016 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by 3M COMPANY 2016 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by DENTSPLY IMPLANTS 2015 - 2017
  • Investigator On

  • Private Grant  awarded by 3M ESPE 2011 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by IVOCLAR-VIVADENT 2015 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by SEPTODONT 2014 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by DENTSPLY International 2012 - 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by 3M COMPANY 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by DENTAL MATERIAL GESELLSCHAFT MBH (DMG) 2014 - 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by IVOCLAR-VIVADENT 2011 - 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by GC AMERICA, INC 2013 - 2015
  • Teaching Activities

  • PG758 - Clin Applied Den Materials (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PG760 - Journal Club for Biomaterials (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PG797 - Adv Restorative Technique (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CD697 - Advanced Restorative Technique (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PG579 - Occlusion (Spring Term 2019) 2018 - 2019
  • PG728 - Graduate Restorative Clinic (Spring Term 2019) 2018 - 2019
  • PG741 - Esth & Restorative Dent Lectur (Spring Term 2019) 2018 - 2019
  • PG760 - Journal Club for Biomaterials (Spring Term 2019) 2018 - 2019
  • PG768 - Micro Esthetics II (Spring Term 2019) 2018 - 2019
  • PG769 - Micro Esthetics II Lab (Spring Term 2019) 2018 - 2019
  • DENT3235 - Health Promotion/Non-Surg Txt (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PG728 - Graduate Restorative Clinic (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PG741 - Esth & Restorative Dent Lectur (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PG744 - Biomaterial Journal Club (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PG768 - Micro Esthetics II (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PG769 - Micro Esthetics II Lab (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PG744 - Biomaterial Journal Club (Spring Term 2018) 2017 - 2018
  • PG797 - Adv Restorative Technique (Spring Term 2018) 2017 - 2018
  • DENT3235 - Health Promotion/Non-Surg Txt (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PG741 - Esth & Restorative Dent Lectur (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG742 - Contmp Esth & Restorative Prep (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG743 - Contmp Esth & Restve Prep Lab (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG744 - Biomaterial Journal Club (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG745 - Clinically Appl Detll Material (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG746 - Micro-Esthetics (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG747 - Micro-Esthetics Lab (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG748 - Adv Est & Rest Trtment Pln Sem (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG749 - Macro Esthetics (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG758 - Clin Applied Den Materials (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PG760 - Journal Club for Biomaterials (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PG797 - Adv Restorative Technique (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • DENT3235 - Health Promotion/Non-Surg Txt (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PG758 - Clin Applied Den Materials (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PG760 - Journal Club for Biomaterials (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PG797 - Adv Restorative Technique (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • DENT3235R - Hlth Promo NonSurg Remediation (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PG760 - Journal Club for Biomaterials (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PG797 - Adv Restorative Technique (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • DENT3235 - Health Promotion/Non-Surg Txt (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • DENT3235 - Health Promotion/Non-Surg Txt (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2012
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine in Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2011
  • Master of Biomedical Engineering in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2007
  • Full Name

  • Nathaniel Lawson