Oral and Maxillofacial Conditions and Treatments | Loyola Medicine

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Comprehensive Treatment for Patients with Oral and Maxillofacial Conditions

Loyola Medicine provides comprehensive treatment for patients with injuries, diseases and defects of the head, neck, face, mouth and jaw. Our outstanding oral and maxillofacial surgery team delivers outstanding surgical care for the most challenging cases with exceptional results.

Our team is experienced in treating a range of routine and complex conditions through surgery, including:

  • Dental facial deformities of children and adults
  • Impacted teeth 
  • Temporomandibular joint surgery, including joint replacement
  • Traumatic injuries of face, mouth and jaws
  • Jaw reconstruction
  • Benign lesions and conditions of the jaw
  • Obstructive sleep apnea surgery
  • Dental implants

We provide truly integrated clinical care, working closely with trauma, cancer, otolaryngology and dental medicine teams to coordinate care for dental injury, dental, facial deformity and facial trauma. Our doctors will take the time to answer any questions you may have about your condition related to your mouth, face and jaw. We provide expert treatment for both ambulatory and in-patient care.

Why Choose Loyola for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

As part of an academic medical center, Loyola’s expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform the latest surgical techniques and medical treatments at the Loyola Medicine Campus, and teach both nationally and internationally. In addition, our nurses have earned Magnet status, which means they have been recognized for delivering the highest level of care. 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeries Available at Loyola

Loyola’s highly experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in surgeries of the head, face, mouth and jaw. Our team has received specialized training and offers state-of-the-art surgical treatments not available at other medical centers.

Your doctor will develop an individualized treatment plan for your needs, with procedures that may  include:

  • Bone grafting — Your surgeon may use synthetic bone, a piece of your own bone or donated bone to fuse joints that prevent movement, restore broken bones that have gaps or repair injured bone that has not properly healed.
  • Dental implants — For patients who have lost a tooth due to disease or injury, your surgeon may recommend a dental implant, which is surgically anchored in the jawbone. Implants look and feel like one’s own teeth. For your convenience, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will collaborate with a general dentist at Loyola’s Oral Health Center for a tooth implant procedure. 
  • Maxillofacial deformity reconstruction surgery — Our team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons works closely with other Loyola specialists to correct congenital and acquired deformities, such as cleft lip and palate and post traumatic deformities, which can impede normal growth and function.
  • Reconstructive surgery after trauma — Trauma to the face and jaw can require delicate reconstructive surgery to restore a patient’s jaw movement and replace broken or lost teeth.
  • Reconstructive surgery after cancer — Cancers of the paranasal sinus, palatal epithelium and minor salivary glands can require surgical removal of part of the jaw. Loyola’s oral and maxillofacial surgeons will closely collaborate with our ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology) specialists and head and neck surgeons to devise a surgical solution that will correct lost form and function. Learn more about reconstructive surgery.
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) surgery — If other conservative treatments fail to produce results, your dental specialist may suggest surgery to ease the pain of TMJ disorder, including total jaw replacement surgery.
  • Management of impacted teeth — When wisdom teeth, cuspids or bicuspids don’t have room to grow, they can cause pain, infection, gum disease and cysts. Your dental specialists may suggest they be surgically removed or aligned. Treatment is commonly done with sedation and depends on your age and condition. The safest, most advanced form of sedation and pain control is used for these procedures.

Comprehensive Services for Patients with Oral and Maxillofacial Conditions

Loyola’s oral and maxillofacial surgery program offers advanced surgical treatment in outstanding, conveniently located facilities. We have multidisciplinary facilities at the Loyola University Medical Center campus.

Loyola offers the following specialized services to provide you with the most comprehensive care:

  • Facial-skeletal deformities — Dental specialists are expert at the surgical treatment of facial deformities present at birth, such as cleft lip and cleft palate, and those resulting from disease or injury.
  • Oral and maxillofacial reconstruction — Loyola’s experts are highly experienced in oral and maxillofacial reconstruction for patients who have experienced trauma or tumor removal.
  • Temporomandibular joint and facial pain — Loyola’s skilled, multidisciplinary team offers various options to treat TMJ facial pain, including therapy, medication and surgical treatment.

Advanced Research to Improve Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Techniques

Loyola’s expert oral and maxillofacial surgery program is actively pursuing new research with a focus on patient-centered outcomes and training the next generation of providers.

As an academic medical center, Loyola is dedicated to improving future treatments by conducting research on new diagnostics and treatments. Loyola’s patients benefit from research discoveries made here. Read about Loyola’s current clinical trials.