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Dr. James R Eckstein, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
150 West Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. James Eckstein's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Eckstein's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Eckstein's practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
150 West Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Brian Oleksy's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. In addition to English, Dr. Oleksy speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Oleksy is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Building 1, Suite 129
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Randall Stettler's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Stettler at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more.

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Nicholas Noel Gadler
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
366 S Pierce Street
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Nicholas Gadler is an oral surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 129
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Paul Hiser works as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in La Mesa, CA. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
9331 Mission Gorge Road; Suite 105
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Ali Sami practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in Santee, CA. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sami takes.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
9715 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Charles Nicholson is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
406 S Magnolia Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Jim Stewart is a medical specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Stewart is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stewart takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
406 S Magnolia Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Jan Drake specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in El Cajon, CA. Dr. Drake has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 129
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Anthony Varboncoeur practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in La Mesa, CA. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty providing surgical care for the mouth and jaw. It is unusual in that it is a hybrid specialty combining the professional education of both dentists and medical doctors. The path to becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or simply ‘oral surgeon,’ begins with graduating from dental school. The dentist then attends a surgical residency in a hospital, learning general surgical techniques alongside other physicians.

While many routine oral issues can be treated by a dentist, there are some that require specialized surgical care. Some of the procedures performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons include:
  • Removing wisdom teeth
  • Dental implants
  • Corrective surgery for facial deformities
  • Repair of facial trauma
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate surgery
  • TMJ surgery
  • Orthognathic surgery (jaw alignment)
  • Sleep apnea surgery

Some of these procedures are also performed by otolaryngologists or ENTs. There is quite a bit of overlap between the two specialties, and in many cases both will be qualified to perform a specific surgery. In general, oral surgeons are more likely to perform surgeries related to the mouth and jaw, such as wisdom tooth removal or TMJ surgery; whereas ENTs are more likely to handle cancers. However, areas of specialization are truly dependent on the individual physician.

One unusually convenient fact about oral and maxillofacial surgeons is that they are highly trained in the use of sedation and anesthesia, more so than any other doctors except anesthesiologists. This means that they are able to perform surgeries such as the removal of wisdom teeth on an outpatient basis in their office, without the need for an additional anesthesiologist on staff.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons combine surgical expertise with their knowledge of dentistry to provide serious care for the structures of the jaw and face.
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