Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Dentistry
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the bridge between modern dentistry and modern medicine. Although it is a specialty of dentistry, these surgeons are also a vital part of any hospital's medical team. If you sustain a facial fracture, chances are you will be treated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You will also be treated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for routine removal of teeth and placement of dental implants, as well as complex facial reconstructive procedures.
Jefferson's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Dentistry gives you access to some of the premier oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the Delaware Valley. Our surgeons will explain what to expect before, during and after your procedure. We welcome questions and concerns at every stage of the process.
Our specialists treat a wide range of adult and pediatric illnesses and conditions, including:
- Management of impacted teeth
- Dental implant surgery
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Management of TMJ disorders
- Head and neck benign and malignant pathology of the jaws
- Treatment of facial injuries
- Complex infections of the jaws
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea surgery
- Cleft lip and palate surgery
- Complex facial pain and headaches
Facial Pain Diagnosis and Management
Orofacial pain is the emerging dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of pain and dysfunction of the motor and sensory aspects of the trigeminal nerve system (responsible for sensation in the face). Previously this area of practice was referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMDs); however, current evidence indicates that many patients have more than just temporomandibular joint disorders and that their pain may involve the head, neck and shoulder, and may be a combination of causes.
If you are seeking diagnosis, treatment or a second opinion of your temporomandibular joint dysfunction, atypical facial pain or neurologic disorder related to the head and neck, you are welcome to consult with a facial pain specialist at Jefferson. Facial pain management requires a distinctly unique blend of knowledge and skills, and our facial pain specialist is a full-time practitioner who is dedicated to the treatment of facial pain conditions.
Other Areas of Surgical Expertise
Other areas of expertise include treatment of tissue abnormalities or tumors, implantology, oral reconstruction with bone grafting, maxillofacial trauma and treatment of dental facial deformities with orthhognathic surgery and microneurosurgery, as well as conservative and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Dentistry Research and Education
Visit the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Dentistry at Thomas Jefferson University for more information on research and education.