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June 8, 2020 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral HealthOral Surgery

OMFS Academic Collaborative and Surgical Mission to Addis Ababa University

by Michael Laschuk, DDS; Karl Cuddy, BSc, DDS, MD, MSc, FRCD(C); Marco Caminiti, BSc, DDS, MEd, FRCDC(OMFS)

On October 12th 2019, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry embarked on its first mission to Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. The goal of this mission was not only to provide direct

June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

Early Identification and Aggressive Intervention Improve Survival in Necrotizing Head and Neck Infections

by Karl Cuddy, BSc, DDS, MD, MSc, FRCD(C)

NOTE: GRAPHIC IMAGES Introduction Necrotizing soft tissue infections of the head and neck constitute a small proportion of all head and neck infections, but have significant morbidity and historically mortality rates of up to 50%. 1-4 Necrotizing infections may be

June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

Correction of Temporomandibular Ankylosis

by Johan P. Reyneke, BChD, MChD, FCMFOS, PhD; Carlo Ferretti, BDS, MDent, FCD(SA)MFOS

Trauma to the mandibular condyle or infection in the temporomandibular joint (e.g. septicaemia or chronic mastoiditis) in a paediatric patient can have a marked impact on facial development, particularly in the small percentage of patients that develop ankylosis. Ankylosis implies

June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

Development of a Rare Deep Temporal Space Hematoma Secondary to Blunt Facial Trauma in a Pediatric Patient

by Johnson Cheung, BMSc, MSc, DDS; Bradley Fisher, BMedSc, MSc, DDS, MD; Benjamin Davis, DDS, BSc, FRCD(C)

Introduction A hematoma is an abnormal collection of blood outside of a vessel that is still confined within a tissue space. A common cause of a hematoma is traumatic injury to a blood vessel wall. The location of the blood

June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

Lingual Nerve Injury: Surgical Anatomy and Management

by Yasser Alali, DDS MSc (candidate); Harshdeep Mangat, BSc, MD, DMD, MSc; Marco F. Caminiti, BSc, DDS, Med, FRCD(C)

Introduction The Lingual nerve (LN) is a branch of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve (V3) that is responsible for general somatic afferent (sensory) innervation. It supplies the mucous membranes of the mandibular lingual gingiva, floor of the mouth

crown and bridge
June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

Aesthetic Crown and Bridge Restorations Using a Fully Digital Workflow

by Marc Mollot, BSc, DMD

Introduction: The Digital Revolution in Dentistry Whether or not a clinician is working under the model of an in-house chairside milling solution or a more traditional lab-based relationship, digital scanner capture for crown and bridge restorations offers significant advantages over

June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

How Ransomware and Data Theft will Change the Face of Dentistry

by Ian Furst, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C); Ian Thornton-Trump, CD, CEH, CNDA, CSA

If you have never heard of the Wannacry virus, it’s a story you need to know. On March 14, 2017, Microsoft issued a patch for a flaw in their operating system. A flaw that could allow a malicious actor to

Orbital and Ocular Trauma
June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

The Role of the Dentist in Recognizing Orbital and Ocular Trauma

by Matthew D. Morrison, DMD, MD, MSc; Henry J. Lapointe, DDS, PhD, FRCD(C); Jerrald E. Armstrong, BSc, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)

Introduction General dentists and dental specialists alike are often called upon by Emergency Department (ED) physicians to assess patients with dental injuries and concomitant maxillofacial trauma. Whether the assessment occurs in the ED, the hospital ward, or the private dental

June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

State-Of-The-Art Geriatric Dental Centre Now Part of Baycrest Campus

by Oral Health

 As part of a recent centennial celebration, Baycrest revealed the latest donor-funded renovations and new spaces on campus, created to better serve the aging population. Among these spaces is the new Alpha Omega Dental Centre for Geriatric Care, a dental

June 4, 2018 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral HealthViewpoint

CAOMS Update

by Catherine Dale, Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

The Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS) is a not-for-profit organization that serves the needs of hundreds of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons across Canada. It is designed to support the ongoing practise requirements of OMFS and ensure that

June 4, 2018 Feature EditorialOral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Health

Wisdom Tooth Removal: 25 Years Smarter?

by Dr. Tim Sands, Dr. Bruce Pynn

In 1993, we wrote an editorial for Oral Health entitled “Wisdom Teeth: To Extract or Not?” and our accompanying two-part review on the current concepts and controversies involving third molar surgery. The articles provided a discussion of the indications for

June 5, 2017 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Surgery

A Rare Complication of a Retrobulbar Hematoma Formation

by Julia Pompura, DDS, Dip. OMFS, FRCD(C); Omar Bin Suhaym, DDS; Osama Alghamdi, DDS, FRCD(C)

Following the Extraction of an Impacted Maxillary Wisdom Tooth The on-call team of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was notified to assess and treat a complication of retrobulbar hemorrhage and hematoma following the extraction of a left impacted maxillary wisdom tooth.

June 5, 2017 Feature Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Surgery

Oral Injury as a Source of Tetanus Inoculation

by Brad Fisher, BMedSc, DDS; Ben Davis, DDS, Dip. OMFS & Anesthesia, FRCD(C)

Abstract Tetanus is a serious, life threatening infection caused by the bacterium, Clostridium tetani. Due to almost widespread vaccination against tetanus toxoid the incidence in the developed world is extremely low. Vaccination in childhood does not result in lifelong immunity

June 7, 2016 Feature DentistryOral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Needle Fracture During Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block: A Case Report of Management Adjacent the Carotid Sheath

by Oral Health

Abstract Administration of an inferior alveolar nerve block is a routine technique in clinical practice. Despite mid-century advancements in armamentarium alloy properties, responsible for a significant decline in needle fracture incidence, cases of needle fracture upon local anesthesia administration continue

June 7, 2016 Feature DentistryOral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Botox® for Reduction of Post-Bone Graft Resorption with Anterior Mandibular Dental Implant Reconstruction: A Preliminary Study

by Kevin E. Lung, BSc, DDS, MSc, FRCD; Walter Dobrovolsky, BSc, DDS, FRCD; Keith H. Compton, BSc, DDS, MSc; Cornell K. Lee, DDS, MDSc, FRCD; Ian Mckee, BSc, DDS, MSc, FRCD

Introduction Patients who are partially edentulous and have a severely resorbed anterior mandibular ridge, either acquired or developmental, often present with significant and challenging problems. These problems include inadequate bone volume for implant supported anterior mandibular fixed prosthetic reconstruction. These

June 6, 2016 Feature DentistryOral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Management Of Drug And Alcohol Dependent Patients In Dental Practice

by Lynsey Millar, BDS (Hons.), MFDS, RCPSG

Introduction Alcohol and drug dependence is an ongoing worldwide problem. The effects of alcohol kill 3.3 million people every year. This amounts to 5.9% of all deaths.1 Alcoholic liver disease is at an all time high level, and alcohol is

June 6, 2016 Feature DentistryOral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOral Surgery

Treatment of Fibrous Dysplasia Utilizing Digital Planning

by Jeffrey W. Chadwick, DDS; Garry Toor, DDS; Marco Caminiti, DDS, MEd, FRCD(C)

Introduction The use of digital planning in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery has afforded clinicians with enhanced treatment planning capabilities through the fabrication of surgical stents, which results in reduced intra-operative time and improved predictability of surgical outcomes.

June 3, 2016 Feature DentistryOral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Managing the Minor Oral Surgery Patient on Novel Oral Anticoagulants

by James Brady, BSc, DDS, MS, MD, FRCD(C); Archibald Morrison, DDS, MS, FRCD(C)

Abstract A new class of anticoagulants known as ‘NOACs’ (novel or non vitamin K antagonist Oral Anti Coagulants are replacing the more traditional Vitamin K inhibitors – coumadin (warfarin). Other names given to these drugs include direct oral anticoagulants or

June 3, 2016 Feature DentistryOral and Maxillofacial Surgery

A New Look At Oral Dysplasia

by Oral Health

Approximately 300,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually worldwide1 with an overall mortality of approximately 40 percent in the United States2, predominately because of diagnosis at a late stage3 (Fig. 1). Early diagnosis of localized disease significantly reduces the

June 3, 2016 Feature DentistryOral and Maxillofacial SurgeryViewpoint


by Marco Caminiti, DDS, MEd, FRCD(C), Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; President, Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

I suffer from a metacognitive inability known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. I was working with a keen and knowledgeable intern who was suturing a wound in the posterior maxilla. Now, it was a rather difficult area but I gave the