Oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for patients who have a problem with wisdom teeth, facial pain and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, place dental implants, care for patients with oral cancer, tumors and cysts of the jaws, and perform facial cosmetic surgery. Their advanced training in anesthesia allows them to provide quality care with maximum patient comfort and safety in an office setting. The scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice includes:
- Outpatient anesthesia
- Dentoalveolar surgery to manage diseases of the teeth and their supporting soft and hard tissues
- Surgical correction of maxillofacial skeletal deformities
- Cleft and craniofacial surgery
- Facial trauma surgery
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Temporomandibular joint surgery
- Pathologic conditions, such as head and neck cancer
- Facial reconstructive surgery
- Facial cosmetic surgery
- Dental implants
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Apicoectomy (root end surgery)
- TMJ disorder
- Oral pathology
- Osseous tissue surgery
- Bone graft
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only recognized dental specialists who, after completing dental school, are surgically trained in an American Dental Association-accredited hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. They train with medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and also spend time in otolaryngology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas.
Their training focuses almost exclusively on the hard (bone) and soft (skin, muscle) tissue of the face, mouth and jaws. Their knowledge and surgical expertise uniquely qualify them to diagnose and treat the functional and aesthetic conditions of these areas.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a otolaryngologist, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri — a west county suburb of St. Louis.