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Desmon Brown
Specializes in Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Average rating 4.97 stars out of 5 (157 ratings)
Address: 10140 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 46322
Clinical Interests: tooth extractions, facial reconstruction, root canals
Dr. Paul Louis Wolf D.D.S.
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 601 Lincoln Highway, Schererville, IN 46375
Phone: 219-322-0501
Clinical Interests: tooth extractions, dental implant surgery, laser surgery ... (Read more)
Dr. Jay Christopher Platt D.D.S.
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
Address: 322 Indianapolis Boulevard, Schererville, IN 46375
Phone: 219-864-1133
Dr. Sherif Onsy Mekhail DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Average rating 2.25 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 601 Lincoln Highway, Schererville, IN 46375
Phone: 219-322-0501
Dr. Harinderpal Singh Chahal DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
Address: 10012 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN 46321
Dr. Lorne Eric Pulver DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Address: 2629 45th Street, Highland, IN 46322
Dr. Joseph Henry Lovasko D.D.S.
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Address: W Us Highway 30, Schererville, IN 46375
Dr. Rodney P. Swantko DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Address: 9250 Columbia Avenue, Munster, IN 46321
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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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