The UMOMSA group of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are well known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for specialization in various surgical areas, including:
- Comprehensive management of oral and head and neck pathology, including tumors and malignancies
- Reconstructive Maxillofacial procedures following tumor treatment
- Management of complex facial and head and neck traumatic injuries through Maryland's Shock Trauma Unit
- Surgical management of head and neck nerve injuries
- Evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of dentofacial and craniofacial developmental and acquired deformities with orthognathic surgery
- Multidisciplinary approach to dental implant placement
- Aesthetic (cosmetic) facial surgery
- Temporomandibular joint evaluation, diagnosis, and management
- Routine and advanced dentoalveolar surgery
- Removal of wisdom teeth
- Outpatient general anesthesia
- Pediatric dental care through the Emergency Department
Services We Provide:
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons remove impacted, damaged, and non-restorable teeth. They also provide sophisticated, safe, and effective anesthesia services in their office including intravenous (IV) sedation and general anesthesia.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, in close collaboration with restorative dentists, help plan and then place implants used to replace missing teeth. They can also reconstruct bone in places needing bone for implant placement and modify gingival (gum) tissue surrounding implants when necessary to make teeth placed on implants look even more natural.
Along with an interdisciplinary sleep disorders team, we provide skeletal surgical correction for sleep apnea. Maxillomandibular (upper and lower jaw) advancement is over 95 percent effective in its ability to significantly enlarge the upper airway and limit obstruction by moving the upper and lower jaws forward, thereby opening the airway during sleep.
Additional sleep apnea information is available from the University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center and the American Sleep Apnea Association.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. Our doctors work at area hospitals and provide emergency room coverage for facial injuries including: facial lacerations, lip lacerations, intra-oral lacerations, fractured teeth, avulsed (knocked out) teeth, fractured facial bones (cheek or nose) and fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw).
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons care for facial injuries by repairing routine and complex facial skin lacerations (cuts), setting fractured jaw and facial bones, reconnecting severed nerves and ducts, and treating other injuries. These procedures include care of oral tissues, the jaws, cheek and nasal bones, the forehead, and eye sockets.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons manage patients with benign and malignant cysts and tumors of the oral and facial regions. Severe infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck are also treated.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons correct jaw, facial bone and facial soft tissue problems left as the result of previous trauma or removal of pathology. This surgery to restore form and function often includes moving skin, bone, nerves, and other tissues from other parts of the body to reconstruct the jaws and face. These same skills are also used when oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform cosmetic procedures for improvement of problems due to unwanted facial features or aging.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons possess skills in the diagnosis and treatment of facial pain disorders including those due to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, usually in conjunction with an orthodontist, surgically reconstruct and realign the upper and lower jaws into proper dental and facial relationships to provide improved biting function and facial appearance. They also surgically correct birth defects of the face and skull, including cleft lip and palate.
Who needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process, and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct many bite problems if only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.
Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing
- Biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Any of these can exist at birth or be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary, environmental influences or trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with X-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Our doctors use modern computer techniques and three dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial X-rays and video stills, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you'll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed, and to see the benefits of orthognathic surgery.
If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, Our doctors will work closely with your dentist or orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.