Research at the Department Of Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgery

​The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has a long tradition for research. Even though the department’s activities are mostly directed at production, the department has still maintained a highly esteemed research profile. With the merger between the three maxillofacial surgical departments in the Capital Region of Denmark (in 2009), the research profile was further strengthened.​

The department’s research has gained acceptance nationally and internationally in the areas listed below. Email addresses of key persons are listed under each subject.​

Research projects​

Dental traumatology: 

Headed by Jens Ove Andreasen, Consultant Dentist, Senior Researcher at the Odontological Knowledge Centre. The department’s research in this area stands out as an absolute leader globally, with more than 300 original articles and several text books. A net-based, interactive trauma guide, produced by Jens Ove Andreasen and employees, is now available. Email​

The Sicca Project: 

An international multicentre project researching causes of Sjögren’s syndrome; a disease of the salivary glands and lacrimal glands. The project is supported by the American research council (NIH - the National Institutes of Health). 
Contact: Morten Schiødt. Email​


A serious radiation injury that affects about 10 per cent of patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer in the head-throat regions. The condition is treated with surgery (resection) prior to hyperbaric oxygen treatment in pressure chamber (HBO, pressure chamber-oxygen treatment). Lone Forner, PhD, Dentist, has cooperated with the Pressure Chamber Section at the Department of Anaesthesiology and several departments in Denmark and abroad on beginning a multicentre project to clarify the HBO therapeutic effect, with support from the National Board of Health, DAHANCA, etc. As a spin off of this activity, research is being done into the possible favourable effect of the HBO treatment on saliva secretion in patients who have received radiotherapy. 
Contact: Søren Hillerup. Email

Biphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw is another treatment-induced condition that primarily affects patients in medical treatment with biphosphonates due to malignant disease in bone tissue. National guidelines for treatment have been drawn up. 
Contact: Morten Schiødt. Email​​

Nerve damage research:

The department’s research into iatrogenic (treatment-related) nerve damage has resulted in several articles in medical journals. Experimental studies are currently being carried out on nerve damage and nerve damage healing at the Department of Experimental Medicine at the Panum Institute, in cooperation with specialists within veterinary science, neurophysiology, stereology and neuropathology. 
Contact: Søren Hillerup. Email

3D research of craniofacial problems, headed by Prof. Sven Kreiborg, DDS, is being carried out with an enthusiastic rate of publication and with international attention. A combined course of PhD and specialist further training into dental, oral and maxilliofacial surgery has commenced; the first of its kind.
Contact: Thomas Kofod. Email

Premalignant conditions of the oral mucosa have been a focus area for many years. The department has done research into diagnostics, risk factors, the effects of tobacco smoking and surgical treatment of such disorders. 
Contact: Poul Vedtofte or Morten Schiødt. Email​

Stem cell research:

The potential for use of stem cells in jaw reconstruction is part of a PhD project. 
Contact: Niels Ulrich Hermund. Email

Implant reconstruction:

The Department of Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgery is responsible for surgical and implant surgical assignments for the Regional Dental Care in the Capital Region of Denmark. 
Contact: Nils Worsaae. Email​

Corrective procedures due to growth-conditioned jaw deformity:

The most modern IT-based treatment planning has been tested by measuring conformity between plan and result. 
Contact: Ole Donatsky. Email 

The Odontology Knowledge Centre is an independent unit that performs diagnostics, treatment planning and follow-up on patients with rare odontological disabilities. 
Contact: Jette Daugaard-Jensen. Email​

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