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Department of

Surgery

Research

The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery maintains a varied and productive research portfolio on clinical outcomes investigations in ambulatory anesthesia, oral, maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery that interrogate clinical challenges in the specialty. Our goals are to ensure that new knowledge and technologies are utilized strategically and quickly to provide evidence-based, individualized oral and maxillofacial health care.

The opportunities available in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery embrace the multidisciplinary essence of oral, maxillofacial, and craniofacial health and the research that notifies its evidence base.

All research is encouraged to culminate in a manuscript that contributes to scientific literature.

Residents are given a period of time during their second year to dedicate towards their research projects to enable precise and strategic investigations and support the best science to improve oral and craniofacial health.

Our challenge in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is to apply rigorous research approaches to overcome conditions affecting the oral, maxillofacial and craniofacial health care.

      We are currently engaged in the following clinical studies:

  • Predicting perioperative opioid adverse effects and personalizing analgesia in third molar patients.
  • Standardized tongue volume – MRI study.
  • Third molar autotransplantation in the pediatric patient: pilot study.
  • Craniofacial stapler and staple project.
  • Assessment of compression, mechanical strength and resistance to simulated functional forces of 2.0 mm titanium curved strut plates in mandibular angle fractures: finite element analysis and in vitro experimental study.
  • Antimicrobial properties of oral mucosa sphingolipids.
  • A randomized control trial of the use of mini-plates for class III correction of children with cleft lip and palate.
  • Does supplemental maxillary-mandibular fixation impact outcome of mandible fractures?

      We are currently funded to perform the following studies:

  • Predicting perioperative opioid adverse effects and personalizing analgesia in third molar patients, by the Anesthesia Research Foundation.
  • Third molar autotransplantation in the pediatric patient: pilot study, by the Osteo Science Foundation.
  • Assessment of compression, mechanical strength and resistance to simulated functional forces of 2.0 mm titanium curved strut plates in mandibular angle fractures: finite element analysis and in vitro experimental study, by the Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Support Grant.

UC OMS is also the primary site for data collection and investigation for the first study through the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Practice Based Research Network (PBRN).