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TMD treatment focus of 2017 Stanford award-winning project

February 19, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

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Ms. Winterrowd
A dental student who researched a surgical treatment option for patients with end-stage temporomandibular disease has been named the 2017 honoree for the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award.

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs selected Cassandra Winterrowd, who is slated to graduate this year from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry. She is on a team that investigated the osseous integration of titanium fixation screws that stabilize a temporomandibular joint prosthesis.

"A large percentage of the population suffers from temporomandibular dysfunction and patients afflicted with severe, end-stage TMD deserve reliable surgical options," said Ms. Winterrowd, who said her involvement in the research included literature review and collection of quantitative data from specimens (swine) part of prior in vivo experiments.

Using standardized methods and measurements, the research team analyzed Bone to Implant Contact, total new bone area and torque of removal, she said, adding that "the data we collected is applicable to areas beyond temporomandibular joint prostheses. We found that fixation screws with greater linear contact of bone had the highest torque of removal, data that can help clinicians predict torque of removal for temporary assist devices in orthodontics."

Ms. Winterrowd will present her research at the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products meeting in March in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"I am overjoyed by the opportunity to present this research at a level I never imagined," she said.

The John W. Stanford New Investigator Award honors the contributions of the late Dr. Stanford, who died in February 2011 after a 40-year career with the ADA and is credited with establishing the ADA's current standards program. The award acknowledges the original research that dental students and new dentists produce in the realm of dental standards.

The application period for the 2018 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award runs through Oct. 1. For more information or to apply, visit