AAOMS News

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 »

JOMS study: Prostheses can be immediately placed on dental implants with high predictability during jaw reconstruction

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Dental prostheses (known as bridges) can be immediately placed on replacementteeth with highly predictable outcomes during jaw reconstruction that involves taking bone from thepatient’s leg, a new study finds. This technique can be used on certain patients who need skin paddles – which includes skin taken withthe leg bone to fix soft-tissue… Read more »

Simply Put: Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ)

Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) is a rare but serious disease that can affect a person’s upper or lower jaw. First described in 2002, it is a progressive death of the jawbone in a person exposed to a medication known to increase the risk of disease, in the absence of a previous radiation treatment…. Read more »

Simply Put: Uncovering the facts about rare childhood tongue cancer

Tongue Cancer in Children on the Rise Oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (OCSCC) – most commonly found on the tongue – is rare among those under the age of 21, and little is understood about risk factors for that age group. To better understand the disease, researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed 3 clinical… Read more »

Simply Put: New modes of transportation and associated risks

New Modes of Transportation and Associated Risks With the increased need for convenient, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly ways to commute, there has come an explosion of alternative modes of transportation, especially in metropolitan areas. Traditional alternative modes of transportation such as shared rides, increased use of public transportation, and walking or biking have become popular… Read more »

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Changing Lives

OMS helps woman with dwarfism condition

EL PASO, Texas – Dr. Vernon Burke has been presented a National Humanitarianism Award by The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) for the care he has provided to children and others from El Paso and Ciudad Juarez with facial deformities. Burke works at High Desert Oral and Facial Surgery in El Paso… Read more »

OMS helps patient with severe dog bite on the nose

Anyone who has ever known the unconditional love of a pet knows every pet has its own personality and set of emotions. For example, dog owners can see happiness in their pets’ eyes – and tails! Some dogs give off clues that say, “Leave me alone right now,” while others may convey, “I’m sleepy, don’t… Read more »

OMS provides free procedure for cancer patient

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) – When one Dexter woman was in desperate need of a surgery, she kept getting turned away by doctors. But one local oral surgeon not only took her in, he decided to do the procedure for free. It’s finally the day Dorothy Gagnon has been waiting for. She has head and neck… Read more »

AAOMS fellow works on world’s first face and hands transplant

It’s been more than two years since Joe Dimeo could smile. In July 2018, Dimeo, 20 at the time, fell asleep at the wheel of his car on Route 22 in New Jersey. He lost control, and the car hit the curb, flipping over before bursting into flames. A passerby pulled him out of the… Read more »

COVID-19 patient treated for macroglossia

HOUSTON — This story is something you have to see to believe. A man in Florida was critically ill with COVID-19. When he regained consciousness, his tongue was so swollen he couldn’t close his mouth. Editor’s note: We need to warn you – some people may find the images in this story disturbing. Anthony Jones… Read more »

OMS removes large facial tumor

HOUSTON, Texas — A man is thrilled to have found a surgeon in Houston to remove a large tumor from his jaw. It was a painful and emotionally difficult experience, until he met the right doctor. Chris Stovah’s wife first spotted his swollen jaw when they were living in their home country of Nigeria about five years… Read more »

OMS performs surgery on NFL ref

KNOXVILLE, Tenn — Terry Brown has lived a fast-paced life with football at the very core. A Tennessee Vol in the 1980s, he spent time in the NFL as a player and is entering year No. 15 as an official. He still roams the field, just in black and white stripes with a yellow flag… Read more »

Dr. Niamtu’s family featured in People magazine

How I Parent explores the ins and outs of modern day parenting with moms and dads from all over the world, who are raising their own unique families and sharing their best advice and most heartfelt lessons with PEOPLE. Our “normal” is very different than other families’, so our goal is to show our sons as much love… Read more »

Michigan man receives implants through Second Chance program

A Beaverton father of 3 now has that confidence thanks to a team of dentists who are giving him a life-altering surgery. For years Timothy Smith did his best to hide his smile. Through even the happiest of moments– he tried to keep his teeth hidden. “Even in this interview I’m not trying to smile,… Read more »

OMS delivers pro bono care in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Dr. Daniel Quon has been an oral surgeon in Jackson for over 30 years. “Growing up in the family business, I knew that in order for you to gain something, you have to give back,” Quon said. “And being in the field of dentistry, we have a special gift that we… Read more »

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