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Dr Gambetta-Tessini Karla

Dr Gambetta-Tessini Karla

MDSc by Research 
PhD (Dentistry)


Dr Karla is a dentist from Chile with a Master’s degree and a PhD in Dentistry. She completed her postgraduate education at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She has worked as an academic faculty and researcher for 6 years, with a solid experience in oral epidemiology, research methodology, research ethics and dental education.


• PhD Dentistry (Australia) 2018 
• MDSc Master in Dental Science by Research (Australia) 2013 
• DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery (Chile) 2004

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

• Senior Research Fellow, ACP Office-Research, National Dental Centre Singapore, 2024 – Present 
• Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Talca, Chile, 2022-2023 
• Director of Oral Rehabilitation Department and Research Coordinator, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Talca, Chile, 2021-2023 
• Researcher, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Talca, Chile, 2020-2022 
• Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Autonomous University of Chile, 2018-2020 
• Research Scholar (Master and PhD), The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2009-2017 
• Clinical and Preclinical Instructor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Talca, Chile, 2005-2008


• 2022: Curaprox Award, IADR Chilean Division 
• 2020: Chilean Cariology Meeting Award 
• 2019: Oral health Prevention and Public Health Award, IADR Chilean Division 
• 2012: Education Research Group - Student Travel Award, IADR General Session, Iguazu Falls, Brazil 
• 2012: “Becas Chile” Scholarship 
• 2009: “Becas Chile” Scholarship

Research Interests

1. Oral Epidemiology 
2. Geriatric Dentistry 
3. Cariology 
4. Diet and Oral Health

Publications and Research Trials

León S, Gambetta-Tessini K, Pinto M, Salvo F, Herrera J, Kassebaum N, Hugo FN. Oral disorders among older Chileans: prevalence, incidence, and years lived with disability. Geriatrics, Gerontology and Aging. 2023;17:1-9. doi: 10.53886/gga.e0230001. 

Castro RJ, Gambetta-Tessini K, Clavijo I, Arthur RA, Maltz M, Giacaman RA. Caries Experience in Elderly People Consuming a Milk-Based Drink Nutritional Supplement: A Cross-Sectional Study. Caries Research. 2023 Nov 10;57(3):211-9. doi: 10.1159/000531546. 

Rodd HD, Nazzal H, Bonifacio CC, Ruth CW, Crombie F, El Shahawy O, Folayan MO, Gambetta-Tessini K, Goyal A, Hasmun N, Issa AI, Jundi S, Manton DJ, Narasimhan S, Omar S, Parekh S, Popoola BO, Silva M, Taylor G, Naomi YQ. An International Investigation of Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation (iMIH) and Its Association with Dental Anomalies: Development of a Protocol. Dent J (Basel). 2023 Apr 28;11(5):117. doi: 10.3390/dj11050117.

Borg-Bartolo R, Roccuzzo A, Molinero-Mourelle P, Schimmel M, Gambetta-Tessini K, Chaurasia A, Koca-Ünsal RB, Tennert C, Giacaman R, Campus G. Global prevalence of edentulism and dental caries in middle-aged and elderly persons: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Dent. 2022 Dec;127:104335. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2022.104335.

Giacaman RA, Fernández CE, Muñoz-Sandoval C, León S, García-Manríquez N, Echeverría C, Valdés S, Castro RJ, Gambetta-Tessini K. Understanding dental caries as a non-communicable and behavioral disease: Management implications. Front Oral Health. 2022 Aug 24;3:764479. doi: 10.3389/froh.2022.764479.

Muñoz-Sandoval C, Gambetta-Tessini K, Rodriguez-Jaque C, Bravo-Cavicchioli D, Giacaman RA. Effect of liners on composite resin microleakage after selective carious lesion removal: an experimental study. J. oral res.(Impresa). 2022:1-1. doi:10.17126/joralres.2022.036.

Muñoz-Sandoval C, Gambetta-Tessini K, Santamaría RM, Splieth C, Paris S, Schwendicke F, Giacaman RA. ¿ Cómo Intervenir el Proceso de Caries en Niños? Adaptación del Consenso de ORCA/EFCD/DGZ. International journal of interdisciplinary dentistry. 2022 Apr;15(1):48-53.

Gambetta-Tessini K, Clavijo I, Ortiz V, Reyes-Saavedra P, León S. Impacto de la pandemia COVID-19 en estudiantes de odontología de la Universidad de Talca. International journal of interdisciplinary dentistry. 2022 Dec;15(3):198-202.

Muñoz-Sandoval C, Gambetta-Tessini K, Botelho JN, Giacaman RA. Detection of cavitated proximal carious lesions in permanent teeth: A visual and radiographic assessment. Caries Research. 2022 Nov 3;56(3):171-8.

Klaassen H, Ashida S, Comnick CL, Xie XJ, Smith BM, Tabrizi M, Arsenault K, Capin OR, Scully AC, da Mata C, Soto AP, Dias Ribeiro AP, Prince D, Christensen A, Giner-Tarrida L, Satorres Nieto M, León S, Gambetta-Tessini K, Santos MBF, Dias da Silva MA, Pereira AC, Dias do Carmo E, Aurora Stabile Gonnelli F, Carvalho FG, Collares K, Bervian J, Sarkis-Onofre R, Jerfeson Dos Santos Gonçalves F, Bueno-Silva B, Estela Haddad A, Gurgel BCV, Alves PM, Shigli K, Nayak SS, Nayak PP, Murugaboopathy V, Savitha PN, Murthy V, Deshpande S, Marchini L. COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on dental students: A multi-institutional survey. J Dent Educ. 2021 Jul;85(7):1280-1286. doi: 10.1002/jdd.12597.

COVIDental Collaboration Group. The COVID-19 pandemic and its global effects on dental practice. An International survey. J Dent. 2021 Nov;114:103749. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2021.103749. 

Reyes Muñoz Y, Gambetta-Tessini K, Reyes Muñoz V, Muñoz Sánchez P. Maternidades negras en Chile: interseccionalidad y salud en mujeres haitianas: Black maternities in Chile: intersectionality and health in haitian women. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5651360.

Jacques JA, Balbontin-Ayala FA, Gambetta-Tessini K, Besa-Alonso A, Bustamante-Olivares EI. Alveolar Bone Morphotype in Orthodontic Patients. Archives of Orofacial Science. 2021 Dec 1;16(2).

Morales A, Jara G, Welinger F, Cabello R, Espinoza I, Giacaman R, Lee X, Carvajal P, Arteaga O, Cavalla F, Corral C, Baeza M, Rodriguez G, Leon S, Gambetta-Tessini K, Gamonal J. Sinopsis de la Situación de Salud Oral en Chile - Parte II: Diagnósticos Poblacionales de Salud Oral. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Dentistry. 2020 Aug; 13(2).

 González-Fernández D, Gambetta-Tessini K. Strategies to improve feedback in disciplinary workshops of Health Sciences careers. Educ Med. 2020; 22(4): 283-287.

Pérez Rojas F, Vega Álvarez JA, Gambeta Tessini K, Puebla Wuth R, Olavarría Solís EF, Maragaño Lizama P, Olave E. Biometric analysis of healthy coronary arteries in a Chilean population: an angiographic study. International Journal of Morphology. 2020; 38(6), 1797-1802.

Orellana-Herrera C, Bascuñan-Yañez K, Gambetta-Tessini K, Pérez-Valdés V. Underdiagnosis of enamel defects in Family Health Centres of Talca city, Chile. Journal of Oral Research. 2020 Jun 30;9(3):195-201.

Research Trials

• Chilean National Health Survey: oral health data, 2021- 2023 
• Non-invasive treatment for root carious lesions in elderly population with mild cognitive impairment, 2021-2023 
• Deep carious lesions and cavity liners, 2021-2023 
• MIH and other anomalies, 2021-2023 
• Non-invasive treatments for root carious lesions in elderly population, 2017-2020 
• Sealants for ICDAS 3 carious lesions, 2017-2020
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