Patient Information

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is one of nine specialties in Dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association. We diagnose and treat diseases injuries and defects of the oral and maxillofacial region and perform cosmetic procedures on contiguous structures.

Patients needing routine extraction of teeth can elect to have dental students perform the extraction under local anesthesia for a reduced fee. OMS residents and faculty staff the clinic. More complicated procedures are performed by OMS residents and faculty at the usual fee. Fees are due and payable at the time of service. The dental school subscribes to a financial service for billing and collections. There are a variety of payment methods available.

Problems with impacted third molars or wisdom teeth are appointed for consultation to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure, the treatment options, and the anesthetic management. The appointment also includes a financial consult and discussion of payment options. The surgery date is scheduled after the informed consent process is complete.

Patients needing missing teeth replaced by implants are scheduled for consultation on referral from the restorative dentist. Risks and benefits are discussed and informed consent is obtained prior to scheduling the surgical appointment.

Patients with TMJ pain and dysfunction are accepted on referral and appointed for consultation to discuss the risks and benefits of surgical correction. Informed consent and financial consultation are completed prior to scheduling the surgery appointment.

Surgical orthodontic patients are seen in consultation with the orthodontist. Risks and benefits of the surgery are discussed and informed consent is signed. Financial consultation is also accomplished. Surgery is usually done in the hospital under general anesthesia and frequently requires an overnight stay.

Trauma patients with facial fractures are treated in conjunction with the hospital trauma service. Frequently, the facial injuries are corrected during the same time as other repair processes completed under the same general anesthetic.

Biopsies, both incisional and excisional, are done in the out patient clinic as well as in the hospital.

Patients with infections involving teeth are seen and treated in the clinic and hospitalized when needed for management.