The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Texas A&M College of Dentistry provides a broad educational basis for our predoctoral and residency programs and serves the community through our Professional Services Division. The interaction with renowned medical centers enhance our students’ surgical/medical experiences. Our students' educational experiences are also enhanced by the presence of the Center for Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and the Center for Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine housed within our department.
The department is staffed by five full-time faculty, twelve part-time clinical faculty, sixteen OMS residents, two OMS teaching Fellows, one Nobel© sponsored Implant Fellow and supported by the assistance of seventeen clinical and clerical staff. Interim Chair of the department is Dr. Robert G. Triplett.
Components of the Department
- The Center for Maxillofacial Prosthodontics dedicated in 2001, provides an exciting presence in the north Texas region to assist in the reconstruction of acquired and congenital defects of oral and facial deformities - one of three such centers in the United States.
- The Center for Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine provides diagnosis and treatment for patients with disorders of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint disorders or TMD), as well as for patients with headache and/or neck pain disorders, other facial pains, and atypical toothaches or other mouth pain. Additionally, center clinicians work with physician colleagues to provide screening and treatment for sleep-related breathing disorders, including sleep apnea and snoring.
- The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Professional Services Clinic houses the faculty's intramural private practice. Our faculty provide a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our board-certified surgeons hold medical staff appointments at Baylor University Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center located next door to the college, where patients may be admitted for more complex procedures. Our surgeons also hold admitting privileges at hospitals in the Methodist Health System and Children's Medical Center Plano.
- The OMS Graduate Clinic is staffed by oral and maxillofacial surgery residents under faculty supervision and provides exceptional patient care across a wide variety of OMS services at discounted fees.
- The Predoctoral (Undergraduate) Clinic provides patient care by dental students under faculty supervision at reduced fees.
- General Anesthesia Services are contracted for patients having medical or dental procedures done at the surgical suite located within our department. Other departments, such as Pediatric Dentistry and Advanced Education in General Dentistry, also utilize the OMS operating rooms and anesthesia services.
- Clinical and Basic Research is conducted by both full-time and several part-time OMS faculty in many areas of surgical science; including studies on bone morphogenetic proteins, salivary function, dental implantology, distraction osteogenesis, sleep apnea, oral cancer, patient information writing, and many others. The College of Dentistry contains excellent facilities and affiliations for these clinical and laboratory investigations. Faculty mentor the pre- and postdoctoral students in research, leading to student presentations and publications at local, state, regional, national and international levels.
- Community Service - Faculty members involve themselves in the community through continuing education course offerings, as consultants, and committee memberships at local, state, national and international levels.