Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

About this service:

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport’s Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are leaders in their field, setting the bar for how surgeons around the country practice. As a teaching hospital, our physicians are leaders in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery research.

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport’s Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of facial deformities, TMJ pain, sleep apnea and snoring, tumors and cancers of the head and neck area including oral cancer, plastic and reconstructive surgery, facial trauma, and diseases of the oral cavity.

As an academic teaching hospital, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport gives you access to some of the premier oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the country. You will receive exceptional care, without exception. They will explain what to expect before, during and after your procedure.

The scope of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery practice includes the following listed below, among others.

Removal of Diseased and Impacted Teeth, and Anesthesia

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons remove impacted, damaged, and non-restorable teeth. They also provide sophisticated, safe, and effective anesthesia services in their office including intravenous (IV) sedation and general anesthesia.

Dental Implants

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, in close collaboration with restorative dentists, help plan and then place implants used to replace missing teeth. They can also reconstruct bone in places needing bone for implant placement and modify gingival (gum) tissue surrounding implants when necessary to make teeth placed on implants look even more natural.

Facial Trauma

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons care for facial injuries by repairing routine and complex facial skin lacerations (cuts), setting fractured jaw and facial bones, reconnecting severed nerves and ducts, and treating other injuries. These procedures include care of oral tissues, the jaws, cheek and nasal bones, the forehead and scalp, the eye sockets, and the soft/hard tissue of the neck.

Pathologic Conditions

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons manage patients with benign and malignant cysts and tumors of the oral and facial regions. Severe infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck are also treated.

Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons correct jaw, facial bone, and facial soft tissue problems left as the result of previous trauma or removal of pathology. This surgery to restore form and function often includes moving skin, bone, nerves, and other tissues from other parts of the body to reconstruct the jaws and face. These same skills are also used when oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform cosmetic procedures for improvement of problems due to unwanted facial features or aging.

Facial Pain Including Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons possess skills in the diagnosis and treatment of facial pain disorders including those due to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.

Surgical Management of the Complex Airway

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are skilled in the surgical management of patients with a complex airway. Various conditions can predispose individuals to airway compromise necessitating immediate surgical intervention. These can include deep neck space infection, epiglottitis, foreign body obstruction, neck trauma, and congenital defects of the neck and airway. The most common surgical interventions performed include tracheotomy and/or cricothyroidotomy.

Correction of Dentofacial Deformities and Birth Defects

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, usually in conjunction with an orthodontist, surgically reconstruct and realign the upper and lower jaws into proper dental and facial relationships to provide improved biting function and facial appearance. They also surgically correct birth defects of the face and skull including cleft lip/palate and premature fusion of the cranial sutures (craniosynostosis).

Correction of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, usually in conjunction with an orthodontist and sleep medicine specialist, provide surgical management of snoring and sleep apnea for patients who are poorly responsive to conservative treatment. These treatments include surgery of the uvula and soft palate, surgery of the nasal turbinates and surrounding nasopharynx, tongue debulking surgery, hyoid suspension, genioglossus advancement, and/or advancement of the upper and lower jaws.

Central Appointment Desk
318-626-0050 or 1-855-484-6877

What to Bring to Your Clinic Appointment

  • Picture identification
  • All insurance/referral information
  • Required co-payment/deposit
  • LSU patient ID card
  • Medications – Prescription bottles and over-the counter medications 

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