JOMS study: Botox can relieve jaw muscle pain

Rosemont, Ill. – Botox therapy can provide significant relief with only a mild risk for negative effects to patients with stubborn pain in the muscles involved in chewing, according to a new retrospective study. Chemically known as botulinum toxin A, Botox is a protein made from bacteria that, when injected, stops nerve signals that command… Read more »

JOMS study: Study emphasizes the value of discussing oral cancer risk factors with patients needing oral biopsies

ROSEMONT, Ill. – A new study suggests a doctor-patient discussion of risk factors at the time of oral cancer biopsies could be “an important initial step” toward behavior changes of at-risk patients. The study, published in the October issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, encourages doctors to advise their oral cancer biopsy patients… Read more »

JOMS study: Immunosuppressant drugs raise risks for oral cancer patients

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma taking immunosuppressant drugs – with or without steroids – should be closely monitored because of increased risk for developing other tumors, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. A 10-year retrospective study at the Division of Oral… Read more »

AAOMS issues opioid prescribing recommendations

ROSEMONT, Ill. – In response to the nationwide opioid epidemic, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) released prescribing recommendations today that urge ibuprofen – rather than opioids – to be used as a first-line therapy to manage a patient’s acute and post-surgical pain. Recognizing the value and importance of the doctor-patient relationship,… Read more »

JOMS facial cellulitis study: Efforts should focus on early treatment

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Public health efforts regarding facial cellulitis – a sometimes dangerous infection of the skin – should focus on early treatment of the condition, according to a new scientific study. Researchers analyzed two years of national records of almost 75,000 adult patients who were hospitalized for facial cellulitis to try to determine factors… Read more »

AAOMS conference focuses on anesthesia patient safety

ROSEMONT, Ill. – To examine patient safety as it relates to anesthesia, 100 doctors representing a variety of dental and anesthesia specialties gathered at the first-ever Anesthesia Patient Safety Conference sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Download Press Release.