Pam Yelick, G89, a professor of orthodontics and director of the division of craniofacial and molecular genetics, and her colleagues are developing ways to grow healthy new teeth and bone from dental stem cells—a type of “universal cell” that can morph into many different types of oral tissue.
When newborns struggle to breast-feed, a simple surgery may be the answer. The treatment is a frenectomy, the snipping of the frenum to free the tongue and/or upper lip. Physicians and midwives reportedly have performed frenectomies for hundreds of years.
This year’s alumni survey broke new ground by asking whether the School of Dental Medicine embraces diversity in all its dimensions. More than 96 percent of the 168 respondents from the classes of 2009 and 2012 replied with a resounding yes.
Like so many procedures done at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, this one starts with an impression—not of a tooth, though, but of an ear or other facial feature. From that, maxillofacial prosthodontist Sujey Morgan casts an exact replica, in this case, a silicone prosthetic ear for a little boy born without one.
Among the skills a dentist must possess—clinical knowledge, nimble hands—the ability to listen to and communicate with patients has become more important than ever. As health care moves toward a more patient-centered model and as patients often arrive in the operatory with information they have gathered from the Internet or other sources, the a ...