Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a unique surgical specialty in that it involves both dental and medical surgical treatments, it diagnoses and treats diseases, deformities, injuries and cosmetic defects of the facial and oral region. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMFS) are considered the "orthopedic and plastic and reconstructive surgeons of the Maxillofacial region" (The term “ Maxillofacial” literally means “ jaws and face”). Dr Matouk and Dr. Sperling, both Board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from orthognathic and cosmetic facial surgery to dental implants and wisdom tooth removal.
Over the past ten years, the training of contemporary OMFS has changed dramatically in response to medical and dental healthcare advancements. The training begins after completion of dental school and may include a hospital based internship as a prerequisite. Completion of an OMFS residency requires up to 6 years of hospital based training focusing solely on the maxillofacial region. It includes extensive training on traditional oral surgery as well as facial surgical training. It also includes medical training and rotations such as anesthesia, critical care medicine, emergency room, internal medicine, general surgery, pediatric surgery, etc ... OMFS residents also receive training in the administration of out-patient anesthesia and are required to administer hundreds of anesthetics during their residency training. While it is not required for the practice of OMFS, Dr Matouk, has chosen to also obtain a Medical degree and undergo licensing by both the Medical and Dental Boards. This broader training enhances patient care, especially in complicated cases.
Many of the procedures performed are in an office ambulatory surgical setting. These procedures include the removal of teeth, management of oral and facial pathology, laser surgery to manage snoring, surgical aspects of dental implants, regeneration of deficient bone and gum tissues around teeth and implants and cosmetic periodontal surgery to enhance gum tissue contours and beautify a patient’s smile. They also include basic cosmetic procedures such as chin and cheek-bone enhancements , the reshaping of noses and lids, minor facial rejuvenation procedures including the use of botox and laser technology to reduce facial wrinkles.
The remainder of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures are performed in the hospital. These procedures include corrective jaw surgery to treat jaw growth problems which can affect both the function and appearance of the oral and facial area, temporomadibular joint (TMJ) surgery, treatment of complicated facial injuries and fractures, reconstruction of jaw or facial regions resulting from trauma or pathology, management of craniofacial and cleft lip and palate deformities, and treatment of tumors of the jaw and face.
Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon has extensive hospital based training in the delivery of inpatient and outpatient general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. OMFS is a unique specialty in that Anesthesia and Sedation are delivered daily to our patients under the care of the surgeon. Almost no other medical or dental specialty performs a comparable number of anesthesia and sedation procedures except the specialty of Anesthesia itself. That is why other specialties may require the help of an anesthesia specialist to perform their sedations. Our staff is trained in assisting with surgery and anesthesia under the guidelines of the AAOMS within our state of the art office setting. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery. In addition, general anesthesia, IV sedation, nitrous oxide and local anesthetic techniques are available within our facility as well as in the hospital. General anesthesia and sedation are however not taken lightly, in select medical situations, Dr Matouk may decide that it is in your best interest to have an Anesthesia specialist dedicated to your care or to have the procedure performed in the hospital.