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Dr. Lester Machado, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
501 Washington Street; Suite #710
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Lester Machado, who practices in San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Machado is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Machado trained at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Machado welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. James R Eckstein, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
306 Walnut Avenue; Suite 26
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Eckstein works as an oral surgeon. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Eckstein studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Eckstein is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
306 Walnut Avenue; Suite 26
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Brian Oleksy sees patients in San Diego, CA and El Cajon, CA. His medical specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Oleksy is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Oleksy completed a residency program at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Oleksy is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

Frederick White Hammond
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2878 Camino Del Rio S; Suite 210
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Frederick Hammond's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Hammond is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
246 F Street
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Nojan Talebzadeh is a specialist in trauma surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Talebzadeh's clinical interests encompass cosmetic surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Talebzadeh welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Holly D Hatt, MD
Specializes in Other, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4067 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Holly Hatt's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hatt graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
306 Walnut Avenue; Suite 26
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jason Gile specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gile studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Gile (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German.

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Timothy Shelburne Smith
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2878 Camino Del Rio S; Suite 210
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Smith's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith is especially interested in dental procedures. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. Dr. Smith welcomes new patients. His training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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Clinical interests: Dental Procedures, Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2878 Camino Del Rio S; Suite 210
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Riding specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Riding's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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
4747 Orten Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Witcher practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Witcher is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Witcher is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mouth Problems, Maxillofacial Surgery

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
306 Walnut Avenue; Suite #26
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Golding's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2655 Camino Del Rio N; Suite 140
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kurt Hummeldorf's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Hummeldorf is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hummeldorf accepts.

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Steven Steven Podstreleny
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4067 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. S. Podstreleny's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Podstreleny takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
306 Walnut Avenue; Suite 26
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Frank Pavel's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4094 4th Avenue; Suite 101
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. German Trujillo is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2310 Craven Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Richard Hamilton's specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hamilton honors.

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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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