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Oral Surgery

At Loma Linda University School of Dentistry's Faculty Dental Practice, you will be treated by one of our faculty specialists with advanced training and experience treating maxillofacial conditions. In addition to four years of dental school, a maxillofacial specialist completes four to six years of additional training in the treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving the head, neck and face.

What Can We Treat with Oral Surgery?

An oral maxillofacial surgeon can diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions. The following are examples of conditions, treatments, and procedures these specialist treat daily:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Misaligned jaws
  • Oral cancers, tumors, cysts, and biopsies
  • Sleep apnea
  • TMJ, facial pain, and facial reconstruction
  • Tooth extractions and impacted teeth
  • Wisdom teeth

What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) is the dental specialty that includes the diagnosis and treatment—surgical and adjunctive—of diseases of, defects of and injuries to the mouth, neck and face.

Because of their surgical and dental background, oral maxillofacial specialists are uniquely qualified to treat the face, mouth and jaws. Extensive education and training in surgical procedures involving both the soft tissue (skin and muscle) and hard tissue (bone and cartilage) of the maxillofacial anatomy make the oral surgeon uniquely aware of the relationship between facial appearance and function. Consequently, maxillofacial surgeons are especially qualified to perform cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic Maxillofacial Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is used to repair physical malformations resulting from disease, trauma, burns, birth defects and aging. It is a common treatment used to restore normal function and improve appearance simultaneously. Cosmetic surgery utilizes a variety of techniques, and several different procedures are available to correct specific conditions.

Common Procedures

  • Anesthesia
  • Biopsies
  • Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery)
  • Cosmetic surgery of the eyes (blepharoplasty, forehead/brow lift)
  • Dental alveolar surgery
  • Dental implants and bone grafting
  • Ear surgery (otoplasty)
  • Facial cosmetic surgery, including facelifts (rhytidectomy) and facial liposuction
  • Facial fracture repair
  • Injectable fillers and Botox injections
  • Nasal reconstruction (rhinoplasty)
  • Root-end surgery (apicoectomy)
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Tooth extractions and impacted teeth
  • Facial scarring treatment (dermabrasion)

Whether refers you to our office or you simply have questions, please contact the LLU Faculty Dental Practices today to schedule an appointment. We are here to answer your questions and provide the treatment you deserve!