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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Brightening Faces and Lives

“Our surgeons are experts at resolving pathology and trauma problems with the least pain and best cosmetic results,” Dr. Zuniga says.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a mouthful of a term for discussing the medical specialty that diagnoses and treats diseases and anomalies of the face and jaw. But for more than 60 years, UT Southwestern specialists have been managing the most complex and demanding cases, even if the name of their specialty does not flow readily off the tongue.

Whether repairing a nerve or grafting a bone to alleviate a patient’s facial pain, fixing damage to teeth and jaws caused by accidents, helping an adult overcome sleep apnea, correcting a child’s cleft lip and palate, or any number of other treatments, UTSW oral and maxillofacial specialists perform vital procedures that are often life-changing for those who receive them. 

“Many times, providing even a small change for someone so he or she can, for example, chew again without pain or breathe again through the nose, can make all the difference,” says John Zuniga, D.M.D., Chair of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

“Many of our techniques result in relief that is just palpable for the patient,” he adds. “You can see the relief afterward in their demeanor and in their regained confidence.”

In addition to performing all types of oral surgery, UTSW oral and maxillofacial surgeons:

  • Correct bone ridge irregularities and deficiencies
  • Offer expertise in treating oral trauma, including lacerations and fractures of the jaw and orbits surrounding the eyes
  • Align upper and lower jaws when orthodontic appliances alone can’t correct the problem
  • Treat problems originating from dental infections, lost or missing teeth, ulcers or growths in and around the mouth, and more.

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To schedule an appointment with an oral and maxillofacial specialist, call 214-645-8300.