Department of Maxillofacial Surgery
Studies, clinical practice and scientific work are the main directions in the Clinic of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. One of the main objectives of the Clinic is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is taught to third, fourth and fifth year sudents of the Faculty of Dentistry and to the sixth year students of the Faculty of Medicine. Lectures are delivered by experienced lecturers: prof. habil. Ričardas Kubilius, prof. Gintaras Juodžbalys, assist. prof. Pranas Tercijonas, assist. prof. Stasys Bojarskas, assist. prof. Dalius Sakavičius, lect. Vesta Guzevičienė, lect. Gintaras Janužis and lect. Algirdas Lukošiūnas.
During clinical practical work in the out-patient or in-patient department of the Clinic of Maxillofacial Surgery, under the control of teachers, students carry out surgical operations and improve manual surgical skills. In the in-patient department of the Clinic, students investigate patients, monitor and assist in various maxillofacial surgeries. During these studies, students are involved in scientific work, thus, forming the basics of research work.
The clinic offers doctoral and residency postgraduate studies. Graduates of the Faculty of Odontology may choose the residency programme in Oral Surgery, while those who have graduated from the Faculty of Medicine may continue the residency programme in Maxillofacial Surgery. During the doctoral studies, students deepen their theoretical and practical knowledge of maxillofacial surgery.
In the Clinic of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, there is an oral and maxillofacial research group supervised by lecturer Gintaras Janužis. All the students of medicine and odontology programmes can attend this group.
Lecturers, together with students, consult patients and give them proper treatment. Professors and associate professors consult patients from various regions of Lithuania. Every year, there are more than 1000 out-patient operations and more than 10000 consultations in the Clinic.
The in-patient department of the Clinic of Maxillofacial Surgery is one of three independent in-patient departments in our country where specialised medical aid is provided to patients with maxillofacial problems. Here face and jaw traumas, inflammations, tumours, neurostomatologic diseases, inborn and acquired defects and deformities, pathology of the salivary glands and other diseases are treated. Some operations, such as treatment of neurostomatologic diseases and temporomandibular joint operations, are performed only in this facility.
The Clinic is involved in scientific work "Facial injuries and pain aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical research, diagnostic and therapeutic improvement". The researchers of the Clinic are involved in improvement of dental implants and dental implantation techniques.
The Clinic of Maxillofacial Surgery maintains close relations with Kaunas University of Technology, Riga Stradins University (Latvia), Tartu (Estonia), Oulu (Finland), Hacettepe (Turkey), Granada (Spain), Michigan (USA) and Porto (Portugal) university colleges.