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What is the National Dental PBRN?

The National Dental PBRN is a community of participating dental professionals and organizations committed to advancing knowledge of dental practices and discovering ways to improve them. We investigate research questions and share experiences and expertise with one another to embrace practical science for the benefit of everyone, from dental professionals to patients.

The basics of oral health are no longer enough for the evolving world we live in. Though poor oral health share common causes with several diseases such as cardiovascular disease and pneumonia, we want to shed light on the routine issues associated with practicing Dentistry. From understanding pain after dental procedures and evaluating factors for successful crowns, the National Dental PBRN is implementing studies that will help lead the field of dental practice-based research and dental collegiality.

Why it matters

Studies and research in the dental field have often been referred to as “scientifically valid, but clinically useless”. Our goal at the National Dental PBRN is to change that narrative while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of dental care as a whole.

We offer the dental industry a way to expand its knowledge-base while educating professionals and patients; the more knowledgeable you are about a topic, the quicker you will advance in your field. At the National Dental PBRN, our research helps fuel a sense of curiosity and critical thinking in students and practitioners, promoting a habit of lifelong learning. Here you can grow your network, expand your experience, and educate those within your practice.

Become a member

Through our membership program, you gain access to networking opportunities, participation in clinical studies, free continuing education credit, and the chance to grow your portfolio. We offer three different levels of membership—Informational, Limited, and Full—so that everyone can enjoy the benefits the Network offers.

If you are a dentist, dental hygienist, or dental therapist, consider joining the network at the full membership level and be ready to join clinical studies. Researchers, teachers, students, and others have joined the Network at the informational level so that they can stay in the know about the exciting things happening within the Network.

To learn more about how to become a member of the National Dental PBRN, click here.

Join the National Dental PBRN

The National Dental PBRN wants to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of dental care. To create change, we must first educate ourselves; there’s no better way to do that than with dental practice-based research.

Whether you’re interested in participating in various clinical studies or just want to be the first to know when new data is published, you have a place in the National Dental PBRN. Become a member today!


The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is a consortium of participating practices and dental organizations committed to advancing knowledge of dental practice and ways to improve it. Essentially, it is “practical science” done about it, in, and for the benefit of “real world” everyday clinical practice. The major source of funding for the nation’s network is the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). For more information, please view this video from Dr. Rena D’Souza, Director of NIDCR.