Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Research

Past research by faculty of the Emory Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery often focused on examinations of variation in the size of titanium plates used in the treatment of mandibular fractures, and clinical trials of endosseous dental implant performance. Current investigative areas include components of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, surgical outcomes, and surgical repair for congenital and traumatic facial deformities.


Dr. Shelly Abramowicz,

Shelly Abramowicz, DMD, MPH

Dr. Abramowicz has received multiple internal and external grants to study the biological behavior and natural history of congenital and developmental facial deformities in children. These studies included a three-year investigation of temporomandibular joints in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis funded by a Faculty Educator Development Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, a retrospective study of pediatric patients with head and neck nontuberculous mycobacterial lymphadenitis, and a study of Jagged1 signaling during maxillary development.

Dr. Gary F. Bouloux

Gary F. Bouloux, DDS, MD, MDSc

Dr. Bouloux has conducted several studies of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, including a five-year, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation-funded clinical study that compared the injection of hyaluronic acid, corticosteroid, and placebo during arthrocentesis for TMJ. He has also evaluated reconstruction plates used in the management of jaw fractures and mandibular resection, and investigated the metal hypersensitivity that can develop following total joint replacement.

Dr. Steven M. Roser

Steven M. Roser, DMD, MD

Dr. Roser, the chief of the Emory Division of Oral and Mxillofacial Surgery, is co-PI of a national effort to establish a TMJ implant registry and repository. He also studies mandibular fracture repair and outcomes of temporomandibular joint surgery, has investigated the events that occur during bone healing and replacement of bone using hydroxyapatite, and evaluated the use of finite element analysis in assessing outcome of surgical repair for congenital and traumatic facial deformities.