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Periodontics and Oral Medicine

Erika Benavides, DDS, PhD

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Diplomate, AAOMR
Clinical Associate Professor

Division of Oral Pathology/Medicine/Radiology
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
1011 N. University Ave Rm 2029F
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078
Bio | Publications

2000 - DDS, Universidad del Valle, Colombia, Dentistry
2001 - GPR, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Truman Medical Center, Hospital Dentistry
2001-2003 - Certificate, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
2004 - Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
2006 - PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Oral Biology and Engineering

Honors and Awards
2002 - NIH Award Training Support
2004 - NIDCR Travel Grant Award
2004 - Diplomate of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
2012 - The Charles E. English Annual Award
2017 - Vice President, Omicron Kappa Upsilon-Chi Chapter
2017 - Selected for Fellowship into the American College of Dentists

Academic Appointments and Professional Experience
1999-2000 - Rural Practice, Dental Clinic, Piloto Hospital, Jamundi, Colombia
2000 - Externship, Craniofacial Genetics, College of Dentistry, Medical University of South Carolina
2000-2001 - General Practice Resident, Dental Clinic, Truman Hospital, Kansas City
2002-2004 - Graduate Teaching Asst, Radiology Clinic, School of Dentistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City
2003-2006 - Graduate Research Fellow, Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City
2006-2009 - Clinical Lecturer, Periodontics & Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan
2009-2014 - Clinical Assistant Professor, Periodontics & Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan
2014-present - Clinical Associate Professor
2016-present - Director American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Research Interests
• Structure and Property Characterization of the Temporomandibular Joint Disc
• TMJ Imaging Modalities
• Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DTI)
• Advanced Imaging Modalities
• Radiation Biology and Oncology
• Three-dimensional Detection of Periodontal Osseous Defects using Computer Aided Diagnosis
• Clinical applications of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)


Published Articles
  1. Brooks SL, McMinn WE, Benavides E. A clinical trial of the Nomad portable X-ray unit. J Mich Dent Assoc. 2009 Feb;91(2):54-8. PMID: 19288662
  2. Benavides E, Bilgen M, Al-Hafez B, Alrefae T, Wang Y, Spencer P. High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging of the porcine temporomandibular joint disc. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2009 Mar;38(3):148-55. PMID: 19225085
  3. Heo MS, Choi DH, Benavides E, Huh KH, Yi WJ, Lee SS, Choi SC. Effect of bit depth and kVp of digital radiography for detection of subtle differences. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2009 Aug;108(2):278-83. Epub 2009 Mar 9. PMID: 19272812
  4. Avila G, Wang HL, Galindo-Moreno P, Misch CE, Bagramian RA, Rudek I, Benavides E, Moreno-Riestra I, Braun T, Neiva R. The influence of the bucco-palatal distance on sinus augmentation outcomes. J Periodontol. 2010 Jul;81(7):1041-50. PMID: 20450402
  5. Chan HL, Benavides E, Yeh CY, Fu JH, Rudek IE, Wang HL. Risk assessment of lingual plate perforation in posterior mandibular region: a virtual implant placement study using cone-beam computed tomography. J Periodontol. 2011 Jan;82(1):129-35. Epub 2010 Jul 27. PMID: 20653440
  6. American Association of Endodontists; American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Use of Cone-beam Computed Tomography in Endodontics Joint Position Statement of the American Association of Endodontists and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2011 Feb;111(2):234-7. PMID: 21237439
  7. Huh KH, Benavides E, Jo YT, Choi BR, Yi WJ, Heo MS, Lee SS, Choi SC. Quantitative evaluation of patient movement during simulated acquisition of cephalometric radiographs. J Digit Imaging. 2011 Jun;24(3):552-9. PMID: 20680383
  8. Avila G, Neiva R, Misch CE, Galindo-Moreno P, Benavides E, Rudek I, Wang HL. Clinical and histologic outcomes after the use of a novel allograft for maxillary sinus augmentation: a case series. Implant Dent. 2010 Aug;19(4):330-41. PMID: 20683290
  9. Bashutski JD, Eber RM, Kinney JS, Benavides E, Maitra S, Braun TM, Giannobile WV, McCauley LK. Teriparatide and osseous regeneration in the oral cavity. N Engl J Med. 2010 Dec 16;363(25):2396-405. Epub 2010 Oct 16. PMID: 20950166
  10. Bashutski JD, Eber RM, Kinney JS, Benavides E, Maitra S, Braun TM, Giannobile WV, McCauley LK. The impact of vitamin D status on periodontal surgery outcomes. J Dent Res. 2011 Aug;90(8):1007-12. Epub 2011 May 9. PMID: 21555774
  11. Avila-Ortiz G, Neiva R, Galindo-Moreno P, Rudek I, Benavides E, Wang HL. Analysis of the influence of residual alveolar bone height on sinus augmentation outcomes. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2012 Sep;23(9):1082-8. Epub 2011 Aug 9. PMID: 22092705
  12. Balasundaram A, Seluk LW, Benavides E, Juluri R, Suzuki JB, Gurun D. Significance of CBCT-based Implant Treatment Planning and Fabrication of Stereolithographic Surgical Guides for Implant Therapy in the Nasopalatine Canal Region – Case Report. Journal of the International Clinical Dental Research Organization. Jan-Dec. 2012 Vol. 4, Issue 1
  13. Amer ME, Heo MS, Brooks SL, Benavides E. Anatomical variations of trabecular bone structure in intraoral radiographs using fractal and particles count analyses. Imaging Sci Dent. 2012 Mar;42(1):5-12. Epub 2012 Mar 22. PMID: 22474642
  14. Benavides E, Rios HF, Ganz SD, An CH, Resnik R, Reardon GT, Feldman SJ, Mah JK, Hatcher D, Kim MJ, Sohn DS, Palti A, Perel ML, Judy KW, Misch CE, Wang HL. Use of cone beam computed tomography in implant dentistry: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists consensus report. Implant Dent. 2012 Apr;21(2):78-86. PMID: 22382748
  15. Chan HL, Oh TJ, Fu JH, Benavides E, Avila-Ortiz G, Wang HL. Sinus augmentation via transcrestal approach: a comparison between the balloon and osteotome technique in a cadaver study. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2012 Jun 21. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22725990
  16. Chan HL, Suarez F, Monje A, Benavides E, Wang HL. Evaluation of maxillary sinus width on cone-beam computed tomography for sinus augmentation and new sinus classification based on sinus width. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2012 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23043676
  17. Ponder SN, Benavides E, Kapila S, Hatch NE. Quantification of external root resorption by low- vs high-resolution cone-beam computed tomography and periapical radiography: A volumetric and linear analysis. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2013 Jan;143(1):77-91. PMID: 23273363
  18. Makhoul H, Bashutski J, Halubai S, Dabiri D, Benavides E, Kapila YL. Apoptotic activity of gingival crevicular fluid from localized aggressive periodontitis. J Int Acad Periodontol. 2013 Jan;15(1):2-7.PMID: 23413626
  19. An S-Y, Shin H-I, Choi K-S, Park J-W, Kim Y-G, Benavides E, Kim J-W, An C-H. Unusual Osteoid Osteoma of the Mandible: Report of Case and Review of the Literature. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2013 Aug;116(2):e134-40. PMID: 23849381.
  20. Chan HL, Monje A, Suarez F, Benavides E, Wang HL. Palatonasal Recess on Medial Wall of Maxillary Sinus and Clinical Implications for Sinus Augmentation via Lateral Window Approach. J Periodontol. 2013 Aug;84(8):1087-93. Epub 2012 Oct 29. PMID: 23106503
  21. Chan HL, Fu JH, Koticha T, Benavides E, Wang HL. Ridge width gain with screw spreaders: a cadaver study. Implant Dent. 2013 Oct;22(5):552-8. PMID: 24013399
  22. Angelieri F, Cevidanes LH, Franchi L, Gonçalves JR, Benavides E, McNamara JA Jr. Midpalatal suture maturation: Classification method for individual assessment before rapid maxillary expansion. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2013 Nov;144(5):759-69. PMID: 24182592
  23. Schilling J, Gomes LCR, Benavides E, Nguyen T, Paniagua B, Styner M, Boen V, Gonçalves JR, Cevidanes LHS. Regional 3D superimposition to assess temporomandibular joint condylar morphology. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2014;43(1):20130273. Epub 2013 Oct 29. PMID: 24170802
  24. Chan HL, Garaicoa CA, Suarez A, Monje A, Oh TJ, Benavides E, Wang HL. Incidence of implant buccal plate fenestration in the esthetic zone: a cone beam computed tomography study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2014 Jan-Feb;29(1):171-7. PMID: 24451868
  25. Holtzman JS, Ballatine J, Fontana M, Wang A, Calanto A, Benavides E, Gonzalez-Cabezas C, Chen Z, Wilder-Smith P. Assessment of early occlusal caries pre- and post- sealant application – An imaging approach. Lasers Surg Med. 2014 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24729412
  26. An S-Y, Lee J-S, Benavides E, Aminlari A, McDonald NJ, Edwards PC, Heo M-S, Shin H-I, Park J-W, Jung J-K, Choi K-S, An C-H. Multiple simple bone cysts of the Jaws: Review of the literature and report of three cases. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2014 Jun;117(6):e458-69. Epub 2014 Mar 15. PMID: 24842451
  27. Avila G, Rodriguez JC, Rudek I, Benavides E, Rios H, Wang HL. Effectiveness of Three Different Alveolar Ridge Preservation Techniques: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2014 Jul-Aug;34(4):509-21. PMID: 25006768
  28. Fu JH, Rios H, Al-Hezaimi K, Oh TJ, Benavides E, Wang HL. A randomized clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of the sandwich bone augmentation technique in increasing buccal bone thickness during implant placement. II. Tomographic, histologic, immunohistochemical, and RNA analyses. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2014 Sep 15. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25220909
  29. Cevidanes LH, Walker D, Schilling J, Sugai J, Giannobile W, Paniagua B, Benavides E, Zhu H, Marron JS, Jung B, Baranowski D, Rhodes J, Nackley A, Lim PF, Ludlow J, Nguyen T, Goncalves J, Wolford L, Kapila S, Styner M. 3D osteoarthritic changes in tmj condylar morphology correlates with specific systemic and local biomarkers of disease. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014 Oct;22(10):1657-67. PMID: 25278075
  30. Fisher CA, Harms PW, McHugh JB, Edwards PC, Siddiqui J, Palanisamy N, Bichakjian CK, Benavides E, Danciu TE. Small cell carcinoma in the parotid harboring Merkel cell polyomavirus. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2014 Dec;118(6):703-12. Epub 2014 Sep 17. PMID: 25457888
  31. Ludlow JB, Timothy R, Walker C, Hunter R, Benavides E, Samuelson DB, Scheske MJ. Effective Dose of Dental Cone Beam CT - a Meta Analysis of Published Data and Additional Data for Nine CBCT Units. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2015;44(1):20140197. PMID: 25224586
  32. Leong DJ, Oh TJ, Benavides E, Al-Hezaimi K, Misch, CE, Wang HL. Comparison between Sandwich Bone Augmentation and Allogenic Block Graft for Vertical Ridge Augmentation in the Posterior Mandible. Implant Dent. 2015 Feb;24(1):4-12.PMID: 25365652
  33. Paniagua B, Ruellas AC, Benavides E, Marron S, Woldford L, Cevidanes L. Validation of CBCT for the computation of textural biomarkers. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2015 Mar 17;9417. PMID: 26085710
  34. Tsai CY1, Garaicoa-Pazmino C, Mori K, Benavides E, Kaigler D, Kapila Y. Implant success remains high despite grafting voids in the maxillary sinus. Clin Oral Implants Res. 2015 Apr;26(4):447-53. doi: 10.1111/clr.12386. Epub 2014 Apr 10. PMID: 24720484
  35. Chan HL, Benavides E, Tsai CY, Wang HL. A Titanium Mesh and Particulate Allograft for Vertical Ridge Augmentation in the Posterior Mandible: A Pilot Study. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2015 Jul-Aug;35(4):515-22. PMID: 26133141
  36. Fisher CA, Ismail R, Hoeskstra CW, Benavides E, Danciu TE. A mixed density lesion in the anterior mandible. Adenomatoid odontogenic tumor. J Mich Dent Assoc 2015 Aug;97(8):42-7. PMID: 26376521
  37. Fayad MI, Nair M, Levin MD, Benavides E, Rubinstein RA, Barghan S, Hirschberg CS, Ruprecht A. AAE and AAOMR Joint Position Statement: Use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Endodontics 2015 Update. Special Committee to Revise the Joint AAE/AAOMR Position Statement on use of CBCT in Endodontics. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2015 Oct;120(4):508-12. Review. PMID: 26346911
  38. Ismail R, Munz SM, Persico JE, Ward BB, Benavides E, Danciu TE. Ameloblastoma of the Anterior Mandible: Comprehensive Patient Management. J Mich Dent Assoc. 2016 Mar;98(3):48-54. PMID: 27120964
  39. Eagle I, Benavides E, Eber R, Kolenic G, Jung Y, Van Poznak C, Taichman LS. Periodontal Health in Breast Cancer Patients on Aromatase Inhibitors vs. Postmenopausal Controls: A longitudinal Analysis. J Clin Periodontol. 2016 Apr 7. PMID: 27062507
  40. Ruellas AC, Yatabe MS, Souki BQ, Benavides E, Nguyen T, Luiz RR, Franchi L, Cevidanes LH.3D Mandibular Superimposition: Comparison of Regions of Reference for Voxel-Based Registration. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 23;11(6):e0157625. PMID: 27336366
  41. Fernandez-Perez MJ, Alarcón JA, McNamara, Jr JA, Velasco-Torres M, Benavides E, Galindo-Moreno P, Catena A. Spheno-occipital synchondrosis fusion correlates with cervical vertebrae maturation. PLoS One. 2016 Aug 11;11(8):e0161104. PMID: 27513752
  42. Maska B, Lin GH, Othman A, Behdin S, Travan S, Benavides E, Kapila Y. Dental implants and grafting success remain high despite large variations in maxillary sinus mucosal thickening. Int J Implant Dent. 2017 Dec;3(1):1. Epub 2017 Jan 18. PMID: 28101784
Articles Accepted for Publication
  1. Ebrahim F-H, Ruellas A, Paniagua B, Benavides E, Jepsen K, Wolford L, Goncalves JR, Cevidanes L.Accuracy of Biomarkers Obtained from Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Assessing the Internal Trabecula Structure of the Mandibular Condyle. Accepted for publication in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology in August, 2017 (TRIPLEO-D-17-00309R2)
  2. Rios HF, Borgnakke WS, Benavides E. Best Evidence Consensus on Cone Beam Computed Tomography: The Use of CBCT in the Management of the Patient Requiring Dental Implants. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Periodontology in August, 2017 (JOP-16-0548.R2)
Chapters in Books
  1. E. Benavides, P.C. Edwards. Detection of Incidental Findings in CBCT Imaging and Their Clinical Implications in CBCT in Orthodontics: Indications, Insights and Innovations. Wiley Publishers
  2. E. Benavides, H Rios. Imaging in Oral Tissue Regeneration. In Chapter 11 of The Osteology Foundation Clinical Research Guidelines.
  3. L.H. Cevidanes, A.C.O. Ruella, E. Benavides. J. Ludlow. Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning with Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Imaging in Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques. Part II. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Graber, Vanarstall, & Vig. Elsevier Ed.