Research of the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS ) involves the diagnosis and treatment of tumors and inflammatory disorders of the jaw bones and cervicofacial soft tissues.
In addition, aspects of surgical procedures / techniques are investigated. The mission is to to contribute to both basic knowledge and patient prospects by integrating research and patient care at an academic level.
The research focuses on clinical problems in selected groups of patients. This is preferably performed in prospective, randomized controlled clinical trials. Considering the departmental size, the ambition is to excel in a limited number of subjects.
Research is carried out in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery AMC and affiliated hospitals and the departments of Translational Physiology and Pediatric Oncology.
- Evaluation of treatment outcome of current and new treatment modalities of some oral and maxillofacial diseases : giant cell tumors of the jaw ( PhD project of trainee AMC ) , periodontal disease and peri-implant infection. For the giant cell tumors the AMC functions as a national referral center.
- Clinical and experimental studies on the microcirculation , in particular the effects of chemotherapy and biphosphonates on the oral microcirculation and the possible role in the development of osteonecrosis of the jaw ( PhD project in collaboration with department of Translational Physiology AMC ; position funded by ACTA ).
- Various aspects of surgical procedures ( validation of surgical techniques , aspects of patients anxiety and quality of life ). Main topics are orthognatic surgery ( PhD project of surgeon Isala Clinics , Zwolle ) and oral implants.