April is National Facial Protection Month

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Every April, healthcare organizations unite to raise awareness of National Facial Protection Month – the campaign that encourages the use of safety equipment to prevent sports-related injuries to the head and face. Founded by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and with the support and collaboration of the Academy… Read more »

JOMS study: Penicillin allergy testing encouraged to reduce infection risk in oral surgery patients

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Unsubstantiated, patient-reported penicillin allergies are a risk factor for surgical site infections (SSIs) after oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS), according to a new study. The study published in the January issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – the official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) –… Read more »

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery announces new editor

The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS) – the official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) – has named Thomas B. Dodson, DMD, MPH, FACS, as its new Editor-in-Chief, effective Jan. 1. Dodson – Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington School… Read more »

JOMS Simply Put: Mandibular Fractures

When a bone breaks or cracks, the injury is called a fracture (FIGURE 1, FIGURE 2). Lower jaw (mandibular) fractures are the third most common type of facial fractures, after fractures of the nose and cheekbone. Mandibular fractures can be caused by many different types of injuries to the lower face. These include: An accidental… Read more »

Association hosts anesthesia simulation program for first time at its new education center

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) held sessions of its National Simulation Program to enhance anesthesia safety for the first time at its new OMS Institute for Education and Innovation in Rosemont, Ill. Thirty oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMSs) practiced critical techniques for administering and monitoring office-based anesthesia in… Read more »

JOMS Simply Put: Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a long-lasting facial pain disorder that affects the trigeminal nerve, the main nerve responsible for sensation in your face. If you have TN, even mild stimulation of your face may cause severe and excruciating pain. Patients may initially experience short and mild attacks. But this pain disorder can progress and cause… Read more »

Simply Put: Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jaw to your skull along each side of your head. When they work well, they enable you to talk and chew. The TMJ combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by… Read more »

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons honored for accomplishments in research, education, other areas

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) honored more than 30 award recipients for their accomplishments in education, research, advocacy and humanitarianism at the association’s 2021 Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.  The awards presentation was held during the Opening Ceremony of the 103rd AAOMS Annual Meeting… Read more »

Simply Put: Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Facial cosmetic surgery continues to grow in popularity. It focuses on improving our facial appearance. Many patients seek treatment to reverse changes that occur with aging, such as loose skin, decreased tissue volume around the face and neck, fine lines, sagging jowls, and double chin. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specialized in performing a variety… Read more »