The Case for Advanced Physics Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2014 Oct;72(10):1876-9. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2014.06.441. Epub 2014 Jun 25.


Research in oral and maxillofacial surgery has focused mainly on principles founded in the biological and chemical sciences, which have provided excellent answers to many questions. However, recent technologic advances have begun to gain prominence in many of the medical sciences, providing clinicians with more effective tools for diagnosis and treatment. The era of modern physics has led to the development of diagnostic techniques that could provide information at a more basic level than many of the current biochemical methods used. The goal of this report is to introduce 2 of these methods and describe how they can be applied to oral and maxillofacial surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Technology / education
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods
  • Physics / education*
  • Spectrum Analysis, Raman / instrumentation
  • Spectrum Analysis, Raman / methods
  • Surgery, Oral / education*
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence / methods