Introduction To Our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Practice in Pasadena, CA
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery training requires as much as six additional years or more, of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Elias, Stephens and Verratti are trained to manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial structures. With over 34 years of experience, Drs. Elias, Stephens and Verratti practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery, bone grafting and tissue regeneration, the removal of wisdom teeth, and corrective jaw surgery. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild facial and oral bony structures with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort. Drs. Elias, Stephens and Verratti have training, experience and expertise in the diagnose and treatment of facial pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, obstructive sleep apnea & snoring, and soft and hard tissue maxillofacial injuries.
The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial and Cosmetic Surgery is fortunate to have a highly qualified and experienced staff, who are trained in all aspects of our specialty. This includes outpatient anesthesia management with intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia, which is provided in our state-of-the-art office setting and our fully equipped operating room. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery for their safety and comfort.
A unique aspect of our Center is our fully equipped operating room suite. This complete fully equipped operating room adds a unique level of care allowing us to provide hospital level surgical and anesthesia care to our patients. The availability of this operating suite frequently eliminates the need for complicated hospital admission. Along with our staff anesthesia providers’, this venue also allows us to maximize your privacy and convenience, while safely and efficiently controlling your costs.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery encompasses the art and science of the diagnosis, surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries, deformities, defects, and esthetic aspects of the oral and maxillofacial area. The word “maxillofacial ” refers to the jaws and face.
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The scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is actually quite broad and includes the following:
Removal of Diseased and Impacted Teeth and Anesthesia Management
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are well known for their skills in providing safe and comfortable removal of impacted, mal-positioned, or damaged teeth. They also are known and respected for providing sophisticated, safe, and effective anesthesia services in their office for the comfort of their patients.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, in close collaboration with restorative dentists, are the leaders in the placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth which restore the function and confidence of their patients. This includes the replacement of missing bone and/or soft tissues to enable the placement of implants and optimize their long-term health, stability, and esthetics.
Correction of Dentofacial (Bite & Facial) Deformities
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, usually in conjunction with an orthodontic specialist, surgically reconstruct and realign the upper and/or lower jaws into proper dental and facial relationships to provide improved function and facial appearance. They also surgically correct congenital (birth) defects of the face and jaws including cleft lip and palate.
Reconstructive and Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons correct jaw, facial bone, and facial soft tissue problems left as a result of previous trauma or removal of pathology. This includes moving skin, bone, nerves, and other tissues from other parts of the body to reconstruct the jaws and face. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons also use these same skills to perform cosmetic procedures intended to rejuvenate the aging face or improve undesirable features.
Obstructive Sleep Disorders Including Snoring
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are integral members of the health professional team involved in the treatment of sleep disorders. A variety of surgical procedures are performed with the goal of improving the airway during sleep and eliminating bothersome snoring. The skills of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, including their training in anesthesia, are especially suited to treat these disorders.
Oral and Facial Trauma
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons routinely care for facial injuries by repairing simple and complex facial skin lacerations, reduction of fractures of the jaws and facial bones, reconstructing severed nerves and ducts, and treating other facial injuries. These procedures include the specialized care of the oral structures, the jaws, cheek and nasal bones, the forehead, and the eye sockets.
Pathological Conditions of the Oral and Facial Regions
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons manage patients with benign and malignant cysts and tumors of the oral cavity and facial regions. Severe infections of the oral cavity, maxillofacial structures, salivary glands, and neck are also treated.
Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorders Including Facial Pain
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are the surgical specialists who treat TMJ disorders. This may include non-surgical or surgical methods depending upon the joint problem. Facial pain problems are also frequently associated with TMJ problems and are treated in conjunction with other therapies.