Founded in 1994, the MUSC Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Division of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery bridges medicine and dentistry together in the collaborative arenas of patient care, research and teaching. The Division’s mission is to be the leader in promoting the highest standards of excellence for patients afflicted with head and neck cancer, trauma, craniofacial defects, dental sleep medicine, and dental disorders by improving the quality of life and function of patients through patient care, teaching, and discovery of knowledge.
The Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Clinic at Rutledge Tower and the Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Exam room at Hollings Cancer Center provide the clinical component of the division with an emphasis on maxillofacial prosthetics, oral oncology, implant prosthetics, and aesthetic dentistry. To learn more about our services, visit our clinical Web site.
The teaching component of the division includes teaching students in MUSC’s College of Medicine, College of Dental Medicine, and College of Health Professions, as well as at Clemson University’s Department of Bioengineering. The research component of the clinic - The Center for Functional Outcomes and Reconstructive Biotechnology - is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the evaluation of the functional recovery of patients treated for head and neck cancer, trauma, and craniofacial defects. Future goals include the evaluation of functional recovery of patients treated with complex prosthodontic treatments.
The Center’s mission is to improve the quality of life and function of patients afflicted with head and neck cancer, trauma, or craniofacial defects through discovery, application, clinical efficacy, and outcomes research. The Center structure bridges basic scientists with clinical scientists to facilitate the development of innovative technologies in the focus areas of oral function assessment, 3D imaging, biomechanics, tissue surface interfaces, tissue engineering, and gene therapy.