The OmniMax MMF System is an FDA-cleared device consisting of metallic implants for the temporary stabilization of mandibular and maxillary bone during fracture healing. Mandibular and maxillary fixation (MMF) is achieved through application of fixation plates and locking screws to bone. Wire or elastics are then secured around hooks.
Periodontitis is a major cause of irreversible destruction of tissues leading to a loss of attachment between teeth and their supporting tissues. Several strategies are being tested experimentally to enhance periodontal regeneration, one of them being the use of stem cells.
In this study, eligible participants that are patients of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine scheduled to have their teeth extracted. The teeth being extracted from patients during oral surgery, which otherwise would be discarded, will be donated for laboratory tests.