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February JADA examines dental role in facial transplants

January 24, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

Image of February JADA 2018 coverDental professionals can play a critical role in facial transplants, especially in cases that involve the maxilla, mandible and associated teeth, according to research in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

For the cover story, "Dental Considerations and the Role of Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics in Facial Transplantation," researchers reviewed literature about facial transplantation and considered the contributions of prosthodontists throughout the transplantation process.

Researchers concluded that maxillofacial prosthodontists' work is crucial to "the long-term dental restoration of the edentulous facial transplant candidate, in addition to the fabrication of the donor mask which fulfills the team's ethical responsibilities."

The findings, said corresponding author Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, a physician and a dentist who is chair of the department of plastic surgery at the New York University School of Medicine, "clearly define the benefit of dental medicine practitioners in the facial vascularized composite allotransplantation team or the role of optimizing the patients dental health to achieve an ideal functional and aesthetic result."

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Other highlights of the February issue of JADA include a look at intimate partner violence screening in the dental setting; a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature on digital versus conventional impressions for full-coverage restorations; and a perspective on dental professionals' consideration of transgender patients.

Every month, JADA articles are published online at in advance of the print publication.