Research and publications from the Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery Department

The consultants and clinical staff within the Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery Department are heavily committed to research and the development of procedures for paediatric patients.


Each speciality has ongoing research studies. Some of the main areas include:

Cleft lip and palate

The effect of jaw surgery on speech, the effects of infant surgery on facial growth and the evaluation of orthodontic clinical outcome.


3-D facial analysis and multidisciplinary outcome analysis.

Hemifacial microsomia

The effect of early and late surgery on growth.

All research is presented regularly at national and international scientific meetings and published in peer reviewed journals.


Reference 1

Walker TW, Mackay SC, Ayliffe P, Curtin J (2008) Tea towel sign. Br Dent J 205 (8): 415

Reference 2

El-Maaytah M, Smith SF, Jerjes W, Upile T, Petrie A, Kalavrezos N, Ayliffe P, Newman L, Hopper C, Lloyd T (2008) The effect of the new "24 hour alcohol licensing law" on the incidence of facial trauma in London. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 46 (6): 460-3

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Shah S, Mason C, Brierley J (2008) Underlying problems. Br Dent J 204 (12): 656

Reference 5

Sinko K, Caacbay E, Jagsch R, Turhani D, Baumann A, Mars M (2008) The GOSLON yardstick in patients with unilateral cleft lip and palate: review of a Vienna sample. Cleft Palate Craniofac J 45 (1): 87-92

Reference 6

Wilson GB, Kidner G, Hemmings K (2008) The use of implants at an increased vertical dimension of occlusion to correct a scissor bite: a case report. Eur J Prosthodont Restor Dent 16 (2): 67-72