The aim of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery is to train highly skilled specialists, enhance and implement innovative teaching methods, and conduct both scientific research and clinical activities. It offers theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in oral and maxillofacial surgery to students enrolled in the Odontology and Oral Hygiene programmes. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is taught to students in their 3rd to 5th years of the Odontology programme and the 6th year of the programme in Medicine, in both Lithuanian and English. In the 3rd and 4th years of the Oral Hygiene programme, students are introduced to post-operative oral care following maxillofacial surgery.

The Department of Maxillofacial Surgery hosts a Maxillofacial Surgery Club as part of the LSMU Students’ Scientific Society, where students from the Faculties of Odontology and Medicine are actively engaged.

 Clinical activities

The inpatient unit of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery is one of the three inpatient facilities in the country that offer specialised care for individuals suffering from conditions affecting the maxillofacial region. Our department manages a range of issues including maxillofacial trauma, inflammation, tumours, neurostomatological diseases, as well as congenital and acquired defects and malformations, and diseases of the salivary glands. Surgical treatment for conditions affecting both the nervous system and the oral cavity, as well as surgical interventions for the temporomandibular joint, are exclusively performed at this facility.

The Department of Maxillofacial Surgery provides residency training in the following areas:

  • Oral surgery residency following the completion of the study programme “Odontology”.
  • Maxillofacial surgery residency following the completion of the study programme in Medicine.

During their doctoral studies, the PhD students enhance their theoretical knowledge in maxillofacial surgery whilst engaging in research activities.

The research topic of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery is the optimisation of diagnostic and therapeutic methods for maxillofacial conditions, biomaterials, regenerative medicine, and health technologies. The head of the research topic is Prof. habil. Dr. Ričardas Kubilius.

The following research projects are conducted at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery:

  • Evaluation of alveolar process and buccal cortical plate resorption relative to different alveolar fillings such as xenogeneic and allogeneic bone grafts and PRGF.
  • Exploration of the potential of tissue engineering for bone tissue regeneration.
  • Development of a novel pathogenetic approach for integrated treatment of progressive peri-implant tissue inflammation.
  • Immediate implant placement following tooth extraction in the aesthetic zone: alveolar morphology-based techniques and aesthetic evaluation.
  • Development of a state-of-the-art tool for the measurement of alveolar buccal cortical plate width.
  • Qualitative assessment of the jawbone structure and bioengineering solutions for jawbone defect repair.
  • Anatomical analysis of maxillary sinus and adjacent tissues following the loss of one or multiple teeth.
  • The effect of pre-emptive analgesia in diverse psycho-emotional patient groups during third molar extractions.
  • Bisphosphonate-induced jaw osteonecrosis: strategies to optimise treatment and prophylaxis methods.
  • Diagnosing and differentiating facial pain.
  • Employing PRGF in the treatment of patients suffering from myofascial syndrome in the facial area.
  • Immune responses to different types of bone grafts.

Project in association with UAB Baltic Orthoservice: Contract for the Provision of Research Services, led by Prof. Habil. Dr. Ričardas Kubilius.

The Department of Maxillofacial Surgery collaborates with Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius University, Rīga Stradiņš (Latvia), Tartu (Estonia), Oulu (Finland), Hacettepe (Turkey), Granada (Spain), Michigan (the U.S.), and Porto (Portugal) universities.

Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Odontology / LSMU MA
Prof. dr. Dainius Razukevičius
Head of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery
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