Surgical Services

Surgical Services

OMA offers a wide variety of surgical services for you and your family. OMA is the largest oral and maxillofacial surgery group in Oklahoma. Our surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and offer the highest standard of care with the most up to date technology available. Board Certification goes beyond obtaining an oral surgery license and is important because their expertise is acquired through a rigorous certification process that only a percentage actually achieve. In short, BOARD CERTIFICATION MATTERS!

Learn more about the surgical services offered by clicking the links below:

Sleep Apnea
Maxillofacial Surgery
TMJ Disorders and Facial Pain
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Dental Implants
All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Oral Pathology
Outpatient Anesthesia
Facial Injuries and Trauma
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Tooth Extractions
Dental Implants Surgery
All-on-4 Treatment Concept® Surgery

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Sleep Apnea
Cosmetic Maxillofacial Surgery
TMJ Disorders and Facial Pain
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Dental Implants
Dental Implants Surgery
All-on-4 Treatment Concept®
All-on-4 Treatment Concept® Surgery
Oral Pathology
Outpatient Anesthesia
Facial Injuries and Trauma
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Tooth Extractions

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► Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental Implants Vs. Bridges

More and more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. They're a long-term solution that is embedded in your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. They even go your natural teeth one better, since they can't develop cavities.

Plus, unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants will not affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants Vs. Bridges

Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery, and is best done by a trained surgeon.

Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) has the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles and nerves involved, to ensure you get the best possible results.

A 2014 study suggests greater implant success rates when performed by a dental specialist.

Dental Implants Intro

Implants are made of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called "osseointegration." There's no shortcut to get around that process, and it usually takes several months once the implant is put into your jawbone.

Osseointegration, however, is why implants never slip or make embarrassing noises like dentures, and why bone loss is usually not a problem.

Dental Introduction

After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States continue to function at peak performance.

More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice.

Missing Teeth?

For that healthy, white smile of your life, come see the experts at OMA for dental implants.
•  Our surgeons are board-certified—Board certification requires very specialized training that goes beyond the licensing of an oral surgeon.
•  We offer the most innovative treatment available.
•  Our professional and friendly staff will guide you through your treatment.
•  OMA surgeons have placed over 10,000 implants with a high success rate.

Dental implants are a smart and effective way to replace a missing natural tooth. They are a long-term solution for single or multiple teeth replacement and produced life-changing results.

Dental implants have the look and feel of natural teeth and help you maintain a healthy bone structure. You are able to eat the foods you want to eat and, if properly cared for, may last a lifetime!

Don't delay—call us at (405) 848-7994 today!

For more information about dental implants, please visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, The Dental Implant Guide, and check out the profiles of our surgeons.

► All-on-4®
Treatment Concept

All-On-4® Treatment Concept

Rapid Improvement in Quality of Life

The All-On-4® Treatment Concept provides edentulous and soon-to-be edentulous patients with a fixed full-arch prosthesis on four implants on the day of surgery. This quickly leads to improved patient satisfaction—with regards to function, esthetics, sense, speech, and self-esteem.

Two key elements significantly reduce treatment complexity, the number of surgeries, and the overall treatment time: tilting of the posterior implants avoids the need for time-consuming bone grafting procedures, while immediate loading shortens time to teeth.
Enjoy life again with dental implants and the All-On-4® Treatment Concept!

Shorter Treatment Times

Lower Costs

The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is not only the least time-consuming treatment option, but also the least costly in comparison with conventional implant treatment modalities of the edentulous and soon-to-be edentulous jaw.

Stability Even in Minimum Bone Volume

By tilting the two posterior implants, longer implants can be used. This increases bone-to-implant contact and avoids vertical bone augmentation. In addition, the tilted implants can be anchored in better quality anterior bone, reduce cantilevers and help avoid important anatomical structures.

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All on 4® Treatment Concept

Please contact our office if you have any questions about the All-On-4® Treatment Concept.

► Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth removal is one of our most common surgeries.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth.

They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the "age of wisdom."

The average adult has 32 teeth by the age of 18. However, the average mouth can only accommodate 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth.

Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they grow in completely and are functional, painless, cavity-free, disease-free and in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue.

They do, however, require regular, professional cleaning, annual check-ups and periodic x-rays to monitor for any changes. The worst thing to do is IGNORE your wisdom teeth!

When a tooth doesn't fully grow in, it's "impacted"—meaning it is usually unable to break through the gums because there isn't enough room. 90% of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

An impacted wisdom tooth can damage neighboring teeth or become infected. Because it's in an area that's hard to clean, it can also invite bacteria that leads to gum disease.

Oral bacteria can also travel through your bloodstream and lead to infections and illnesses that affect your heart, kidneys and other organs.

In some cases, a cyst or tumor can form around the base of the impacted tooth, which can lead to more serious problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth and other parts of your mouth and face.

Generally, wisdom teeth should be surgically removed when there are:
•  Infections and/or periodontal (gum) disease
•  Cavities that can't be restored
•  Cysts, tumors or other pathologies
•  Damage to neighboring teeth

To learn more about wisdom teeth, please visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

► TMJ Disorders &
Facial Pain

TMJ Disorders and Facial Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw to move and function. The TMJ is the most constantly used joint in the body.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are not uncommon. Individuals with a TMJ disorder may experience a variety of symptoms, such as earaches, headaches and limited ability to open their mouth. When symptoms of TMJ trouble appear, consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS).

A specialist in the areas of the mouth, teeth and jaws, your OMS is in a good position to correctly diagnose the problem. Diagnosing TMJ disorders can be complex and may require different diagnostic procedures. Special imaging studies of the joints may be ordered and appropriate referral to other dental or medical specialists or a physical therapist may be made.


What Is TMJ

Treatment may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and muscle relaxation, bite plate or splint therapy, and even stress management counseling.

If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is clear joint damage, surgery may be indicated. Surgery can involve either arthroscopy (the method identical to the orthopaedic procedures used to inspect and treat larger joints such as the knee), or repair of damaged tissue by a direct surgical approach.

Once TMJ disorders are correctly diagnosed, your OMS can provide appropriate treatment to relieve the problem. To learn more about treatment options, click the link below.

► Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions

You may need to have a tooth extracted for a number of reasons such as decay, injury, or as part of orthodontic treatment. Whatever the reason, you will most likely be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who will remove your tooth in the office using an anesthetic that is appropriate for your procedure.


While most root canals are successful, there are times when a root canal alone isn't sufficient. If the infection from the dead nerve inside a tooth spreads beyond the tooth root and into the surrounding bone, your dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for an apicoectomy. During an apicoectomy, the surgeon removes the infected portion of the tooth's root in order to clean the infection from the tooth and surrounding bone and then fills the root to prevent future infections.

Exposing Impacted Teeth as Part of Orthodontic Treatment

It is not uncommon for teeth other than wisdom teeth to be impacted, or blocked from entering the mouth. Fortunately, your orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon can bring the impacted tooth through the gum and into the correct position—giving you a beautiful, healthy smile.


Frena are small folds of tissue located in the mouth: under the tongue, inside the upper lip, inside the lower lip, and connecting the cheeks to the gums. A frenectomy is a simple procedure performed in the oral and maxillofacial surgeon's office to loosen the frenum's connection and extend the range of motion in that part of the body.

Dental Hemisection and Root Amputation

If, even after a root canal, one or more of the tooth's roots should become infected, or there is significant bone loss around the tooth, your dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a hemisection, or root amputation. During a hemisection, your surgeon removes one-half of the tooth, leaving a serviceable one-rooted tooth. The term "root amputation" refers to the surgical removal of one root of a multi-rooted tooth.

Trigeminal Nerve Repair

The trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for sensation in the face and such functions as biting and chewing, may be at risk for injury during some oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures. Oral and facial surgeons are able to diagnose and manage these injuries with both non-surgical and surgical treatments to restore sensation and function.

► Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep Apnea

Snoring occurs when air cannot flow freely through your throat, and sleep apnea relates to breathing problems that occur during sleep, but they rarely disappear on their own.

Snoring may be a sign that you stop breathing at times during the night. OMA's specialists can help properly treat these problems.

The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed; of the three, obstructive is the most common.

Sleep Apnea

Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. In central sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.

Mixed apnea, as the name implies, is a combination of the two. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institute of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty. However, sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet, because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.

Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated with several treatment options. There are many facets to sleep apnea and our surgeons will work closely with your doctor, dentist and/or sleep lab to find the treatment that best fits your needs.

Read more about sleep apnea at and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

► Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons—the Experts in Face, Mouth and Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth.

Surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing. While a patient's appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of the surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems.

The following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:
•  Difficulty chewing, or biting food
•  Difficulty swallowing
•  Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
•  Excessive wear of the teeth
•  Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
•  Unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
•  Facial injury or birth defects
•  Receding chin
•  Protruding jaw
•  Inability to make the lips meet without straining
•  Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
•  Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)

Jaw Surgery

Who needs surgical correction of skeletal deformities?

People who may benefit include those with an improper bite resulting from misaligned teeth and/or jaws. In some cases, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. Injuries and birth defects may also affect jaw alignment.

While orthodontics can usually correct bite, or "occlusion"—a problem from misaligned teeth—corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to correct misalignment of the jaws.

Evaluating Your Need for Surgery

Your dentist, orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) will work together to determine whether you are a candidate for surgery. The OMS determines which surgical procedure is appropriate and performs the actual surgery. It is important to understand that your treatment, which will probably include orthodontics before and after surgery, may take several years to complete. Your OMS and orthodontist understand that this is a long-term commitment for you and your family. They will try to realistically estimate the time required for your treatment.

Corrective surgery may reposition all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw and chin. When you are fully informed about your case and your treatment options, you and your dental team will determine the course of treatment that is best for you.

Video Imaging

OMA uses three-dimensional computer models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you'll look after surgery.

What is involved in corrective surgery?

What Is TMJ

Before your surgery, orthodontic braces move the teeth into a new position. Because your teeth are being moved into a position that will fit together after surgery, you may at first think your bite is getting worse rather than better.

When your OMS repositions your jaws during surgery, however, your teeth should fit together properly.

As your pre-surgical orthodontic treatment nears completion, additional or updated records, including x-rays, pictures and models of your teeth, may be taken to help guide your surgery.

Depending on the procedure, surgery may be performed under general anesthesia in a hospital, an ambulatory surgical center, or in the OMS office. Surgery may take from one to several hours to complete.

How TMJ is Treated

Your OMS will reposition the jawbones in accordance with your specific needs. In some cases, bone may be added, taken away, or reshaped. Surgical plates, screws, wires and rubber bands may be used to hold your jaws in their new positions. Incisions are usually made inside the mouth to reduce visible scarring; however, some cases do require small incisions outside of the mouth. When this is necessary, care is taken to minimize their appearance.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

After surgery, your OMS will provide instructions for a modified diet, which may include solids and liquids, as well as a schedule for transitioning to a normal diet. You may also be asked to refrain from using tobacco products and avoid strenuous physical activity.

Pain following surgery is easily controlled with medication and patients are generally able to return to work or school from one to three weeks after surgery, depending on how they are feeling. While the initial healing phase is about six weeks, complete healing of the jaws takes between nine and 12 months.

Enjoy the Benefits

Is Jaw Surgery Necessary?

Corrective jaw surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced, functional and healthy. Although the goal of this surgery is to improve your bite and function, some patients also experience enhancements to their appearance and speech.

The results of corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect on many aspects of your life. So make the most of the new you!

For more information about corrective jaw surgery, visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

► Cosmetic Maxillofacial
Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery is used to repair physical malformations resulting from disease, injury, burns, birth defects, or aging. It may also serve to restore normal function and improve individual appearance.

Because of their surgical and dental background, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified in the treatment of the face, mouth, teeth 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 area, makes the oral and maxillofacial surgeon finely attuned to the importance of harmony between facial appearance and function.

Is cosmetic surgery for you?

Individuals elect to pursue cosmetic surgery for a variety of reasons. For some, the decision is prompted by the need to repair damage caused by accidents or birth defects. In many instances, however, individuals choose cosmetic surgery to improve their personal appearance.

Facial Cosmetic Surgery

This outlines some of the procedures available to you. In many cases, procedures complement one another and it is common for two or more procedures to be performed in a single operation.

Post-surgery discomfort associated with these procedures can range from minimal to moderate and is usually controlled with oral medications. Incisions are typically made within natural folds or creases of the face, making scars inconspicuous. Scars should fade significantly over time.

Cosmetic Surgery

Before any procedure is performed, your surgeon will request a thorough medical history to evaluate your overall general health. A careful physical examination will also be conducted.

You will discuss the procedure to be performed, the anticipated results, expected changes in your appearance, type of anesthesia to be used, and possible risks and complications.

Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery may be performed on an outpatient basis in your oral and maxillofacial surgeon's office, surgical facility, surgery center, or on an inpatient basis in the hospital, depending upon your surgeon's and your preference. Surgery may be performed under general anesthesia, IV sedation, or local anesthesia.

Facing the Facts

Bridges Vs Implants

While a majority of patients report enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem after their surgeries, it is important to understand that the goal of surgery is to improve appearance. Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery will refine and enhance features that already exist; it will not give you a new face or a new life. How much or how little change is realized depends on the individual and the extent of surgery. Your age, health, skin texture, bone structure and healing capacity are all factors that can affect the results of your surgery.

Your expectations and attitude also will play a major role in your recovery. It is important that you discuss the procedure thoroughly with your surgeon and proceed with realistic expectations.

Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery will require patience on your part. The final result of your surgery may not be immediately apparent. Each procedure outlined entails a reasonable recovery period during which you may experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort which are part of the normal healing process.

Cosmetic maxillofacial surgical procedures are relatively common, but as with any surgery, cosmetic surgery entails a measure of risk. You should discuss with your surgeon the possible risks and complications of the procedure under consideration.

Costs vary depending on the geographic area and the complexity of the procedure to be performed. Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery is often considered "elective" rather than medically necessary and, as such, it is normally not covered by insurance. Because insurance companies and policies vary, you should check with your agent to determine if your surgery is covered.

Common Procedures

Botox injections are noted primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of some facial wrinkles. Botox injections use a form of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity and are also used to treat such problems as repetitive neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), overactive bladder and lazy eye. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines in some people. It is important to make sure your surgeon is aware of all medications that you are taking before you undergo this procedure.

Facial Fillers
Facial fillers are temporary to long-lasting solutions administered through a few tiny facial injections on specific areas of the face. Injectable wrinkle fillers can give you a more youthful look for a fraction of what a traditional facelift costs. Most will fill lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from 4 months to more than a year. Injectable wrinkle fillers, unlike Botox injections that relax the muscle under a wrinkle, fill the line, crease, or area with one of several different substances. As a result, trouble spots nearly disappear. Wrinkle fillers can also be used as "volumizers," plumping and lifting cheeks, jawlines, and temples; filling out thin lips, and plumping sagging hands.

Chin Surgery (Mentoplasty)
Mentoplasty can increase or reduce the size of the chin. The best candidate for chin surgery is the individual with a receding or protruding chin and a normal dental bite. For those whose bite needs correction, jaw surgery, in conjunction with mentoplasty may be necessary.

There are two basic procedures used in mentoplasty: one involves moving the chin bone forward or backward and the other, the use of an artificial chin prosthesis to add size to a receding chin. To move the bone forward or backward, the surgeon cuts through the chin bone. The lower portion of the bone is then moved forward or backward and wired or fixed to keep it securely in position.

A chin prosthesis can also be used to create a more prominent jaw. Using this technique, a prosthesis, similar in consistency to the natural chin and sized to fit the patient, is placed in front of the bone to increase the chin's prominence.

Cheek Implant (Malar Augmentation)
Malar augmentation can give definition to a face that has flat contour because of underdeveloped cheekbones. The best candidate is the individual with a long narrow face, or very round face, and flat cheeks. This surgery can help to create the appearance of higher, more prominent cheekbones.

During the procedure, an incision is made either inside the mouth or immediately below the lower eyelids. Most frequently, using the internal approach, the surgeon makes as incision between the upper gums and the cheek. The surgeon then elevates the soft tissue, creating a small pocket over the cheekbone. A prosthesis, similar in consistency to the natural cheekbone and usually triangular in shape, is then inserted and placed over the cheekbone.

Facial Liposuction
Even people who are not overweight may be plagued by a double chin, saggy jowls or a very round face. Fat deposits in these locations may be hereditary or due to the natural aging process. These areas are often resistant to exercise and weight loss. Facial liposuction can benefit those who want to remove unsightly fat deposits from localized areas of the face. Individuals who are in good physical condition with good skin elasticity are the best candidates for this surgery.

The surgeon makes small incisions along the jaw line, in the cheeks or below the chin, depending upon which fat deposits are to be removed. A tube attached to a high pressure suction device is inserted deep in the fat. The surgeon moves the tube back and forth to loosen excess fat from surrounding tissue and then "vacuums" the loose fat from the face with the suction device.

Treatment of Facial Wrinkling (Chemical Peel)
Chemical peel is a procedure for treating skin that is wrinkled, scarred or otherwise damaged and is used for both cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. The procedure is helpful for wrinkles, light acne scarring, and irregular pigmentation such as freckles and age spots. Pre-cancerous conditions such as keratoses (thick, rough, reddish growths) also respond well to chemical peel.

There are several types of chemical peels: a light peel to remove superficial wrinkles, a medium depth peel, and a deep peel for more severe conditions. After thoroughly cleansing the skin, the surgeon uses a small applicator to apply the chemical solution to an area of the face. Excess solution is removed and the surgeon repeats the procedure on other areas.

The amount of improvement varies and depends upon the initial condition of the patient's skin. Significant improvement of damaged skin has been achieved, which can produce dramatic results.

Facial Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure in which skin is "sanded" with a rotary abrasive instrument. This "sanding" evens out the skin to give it a smoother texture. Dermabrasion also may be used to treat tattoos, age (liver) spots, wrinkles and certain skin lesions.

Take a Closer Look

Remember, the decision to have cosmetic maxillofacial surgery is not one to be entered into lightly. If you are interested in learning more about these procedures and determining if you are a candidate for cosmetic surgery, please contact our office at (405) 848-7994. We will be happy to answer your questions and arrange for an initial consultation.

► Facial Injuries & Trauma

Treatment of Facial Injuries

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMSs) are experts in treating and repairing facial injury and trauma, including fractures of the upper and lower jaws and the orbits surrounding the eyes, and facial lacerations.

Their knowledge of how jaws come together (dental occlusion) is critical when repairing complex facial fractures.

Prevention of Facial Trauma

What Is an Oral Surgeon?

Always wear protective headgear for sports. The American College of Surgeons' guidelines for optimal care in Level I and II trauma centers, the centers that treat the most serious and complex facial trauma patients, recommend that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon be included as a member of the centers' trauma team.

Many of the techniques that are standard in today's hospital emergency rooms were developed by OMS who were in combat hospitals during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and today's international conflicts.

Facial Injury Or Trauma We Treat

If you or a loved one suffer a facial or mouth injury that requires a trip to the emergency room, be sure to ask that an OMS is called for consultation.

With their background and training, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the specialists most qualified to deal with these types of injuries.

In some cases, they may even detect a "hidden" injury that might otherwise go unnoticed.

To learn more about treating facial injuries and trauma, visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

► Oral Pathology

Mouth and Lip Tumors

Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is the expert for diagnosing and surgically treating tumors of the head, neck and mouth.

There are many non-cancerous and cancerous conditions in the mouth and facial region that include cysts and tumors as well as severe infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws and neck. Our surgeons are uniquely qualified to treat any of these conditions. We recommend that you have any lumps, sores or unusual conditions checked as a precaution.

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign of a possible problem, the most serious being oral cancer.

What to Look For

We recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly, checking your mouth for suspicious lumps and sores. Remember that your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems.
•  Reddish patches or whitish patches in the mouth
•  A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
•  A lump or thickening of the skin lining inside the mouth
•  Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
•  Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

These changes may be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer.

However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious
cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

Learn more about oral cancer from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

► Outpatient Anesthesia
An upcoming visit to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can potentially produce anxiety. Patients are usually most concerned with whether or not the procedure is going to hurt.

Fortunately, modern technology now makes it possible to perform surgeries in the oral and maxillofacial surgeon's office with little or no discomfort.

Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon not only is a specialist in dealing with problems of the mouth, teeth and jaws, but also is experienced in dealing with the control of pain and anxiety. As a result of their extensive training, every oral and maxillofacial surgeon is well-prepared to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. They are experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.

Putting Your Mind at Ease

One of the things your oral and maxillofacial surgeon understands is that to help eliminate anxiety, it is important to inform our patients of what to expect during your surgery and after your surgery. That's why beforehand, your surgeon will review with you the type of anesthetic to be used, as well as the way you're likely to feel during the procedure. We will also answer any questions you may have about any part of the procedure. During surgery, one or more of the following can be used in controlling pain and anxiety: local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.

After surgery, patients often describe their feeling during surgery as surprisingly pleasant, pain free and without a care in the world. Your surgeon can prescribe a number of medications to make you as comfortable as possible when you get home.

Our surgeons are concerned for your well-being before, during and after surgery and strive to make you as comfortable as possible throughout your visit with us. But, even beyond that, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon also has the training, the knowledge and the experience to make your visit as pleasant and comfortable as it can possibly be.

To learn more about anesthesia, visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.


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