Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Surgeons in oral and maxillofacial surgery treat patients with problems affecting the face, jaws, mouth and teeth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons diagnose and treat multiple functional and cosmetic problems including skeletal facial growth discrepancies, traumatic injuries, facial fractures, infections, tumors, and cysts. Other special services include diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders and replacement of lost natural teeth with dental implants. Both children and adults are accepted as patients.
MCW oral and maxillofacial surgeons frequently see patients whose problems are difficult to diagnose or hard to treat. For these complex problems, MCW surgeons draw upon their skills and expertise as educators and researchers to develop the most appropriate and often unique solutions to patient problems.
Whenever necessary, MCW oral and maxillofacial surgeons work together as a team with other MCW specialists to arrive at the most thorough diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Other team members may include otorhinolargyngology and plastic surgeons.
In addition, MCW oral and maxillofacial surgeons are authorized by the government to use new drugs, techniques and equipment which are not yet available for general use. This means that patients who do not respond to conventional medical services can be among the first to benefit from new medical advances.
All of these factors -- the expertise of educators and researchers, the teamwork and backup support of these specialists, and the availability of the newest medication and techniques -- help assure patients of the highest level of care from Medical College of Wisconsin surgeons.
MCW oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer a full-range of services on an inpatient and outpatient basis from simple to complex. Patients generally are seen first for an evaluation to determine the most appropriate treatment. Following are some of the specialized services they provide.
Center for the Correction of Dentofacial Deformities:
Offers a full range of services for patients with facial and jaw deformities. Utilizing state- of-the-art surgical procedures and instrumentation, MCW oral and maxillofacial surgeons can correct functional and cosmetic dentofacial abnormalities, including malocclusions, a bad bite, abnormal protrusion of the upper or lower jaw, underdevelopment of the jaw bone and chin, and cleft palate.
Center for Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders:
Provides complete diagnostic services for patients with TMJ disorders and the facial pain associated with these problems.
Center for Reconstructive Preprosthetic Surgery:
Offers treatment for patients with severe jaw problems, or those who have lost some or all of their teeth. MCW oral and maxillofacial surgeons are skilled at rebuilding the jaw and teeth using bone substitutes, dental implants, and other artificial replacements.