The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) provides a broad educational basis for our predoctoral and residency programs as well as serving the community through our Professional Services Division. The interaction with a renowned medical center enhances our students’ surgical/medical experiences. Our students' educational experiences are also enhanced by the presence of the Center for Maxillofacial Prosthodontics within our department.
The OMS department is staffed by seven full-time faculty, twelve part-time clinical faculty, sixteen OMS residents, two OMS eaching Fellows, one Nobel© sponsored Implant Fellow and supported by the assistance of twenty-two clinical and clerical staff. Chairman of the department is Dr. David M. Grogan.
Components of the Department Include:
- The Center for Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, dedicated in 2001, provides an exciting new 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 headaches 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 Professional Services Clinic is the faculty's intramural private practice clinic. The clinic offers a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The board-certified faculty concurrently function as members of the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center whose grounds the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry shares. Faculty patients thus can be admitted to the hospital for more complex procedures.
- The Graduate Clinic, staffed by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents under faculty supervision, 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.
- Anesthesia Services - 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 - Full-time and several part-time OMS faculty conduct important clinical and basic research 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. TAMU COD 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.