ATTENTION PATIENTS: We at East Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery consider our patients’ health and safety to be our number one priority. We will continue to treat patients using standard universal precautions for barrier protection as well as the CDC guidelines for office cleanliness. Our waiting room and patient restrooms are being cleaned and sanitized daily as well as all doorknobs and handles being sanitized hourly. All magazines have been discarded from our waiting rooms.

We do not take the recent findings regarding COVID-19 lightly and wanted to reassure you of our commitment to your overall safety and well-being while under our care. Patients are welcome to wait in their cars upon arrival, we just ask that you please call us when you have arrived  so that we may bring paperwork out for you to complete. We will call you when we are ready for you.

If you or anyone in your household has experienced recent cough, fever, or other symptom of illness we ask that you reschedule your appointment for a future date.

We do plan to stay open and to observe our normal business hours at this time. We are diligently monitoring this situation and current guidelines for care. We will notify you if any changes will be necessary. We look forward to seeing you for your appointment.

Below are some of the many procedures we provide to our patients. Whether you are trying to overcome your dental concerns such as, controlling serious oral disease, overcoming congenital growth issues, treating trauma related injuries or keeping teeth, our highly trained doctors have great experience in the procedures to combat these issues. We will go over each aspect of your upcoming treatment while keeping you fully informed about your procedure. We look forward to helping you with your needs.

Dental implants are substitutes for natural teeth and can restore chewing function. Anyone missing natural teeth can be a candidate for the benefits that dental implants provide such as improvement in appearance, speech, and increased chewing efficiency.
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When a tooth develops, it migrates to its appropriate position in the dental arch. If there is insufficient space that doesn’t allow for the tooth’s eruption through the gum, the tooth will become partially or totally blocked (impacted).
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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function. TMJ disorders have a variety of symptoms. Patients may complain of earaches, headaches and limited ability to open the mouth. They may also complain of clicking or grating sounds in the joint and feel pain when opening and closing the mouth.
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The above procedures have a name: it’s called Orthognathic surgery. Essentially the surgical procedure allows the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to reposition one or both jaws. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth; therefore, this surgery is usually performed in conjunction with orthodontics so that the teeth are in the proper position after surgery. Orthognathic surgery is used to correct a wide range of minor and major facial and jaw irregularities and aids the patient in an improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe. In most cases an enhanced appearance can also result.
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There are many reasons that teeth need to be removed. These include decay, gum disease, and trauma. In most situations, an office visit will be scheduled for you to meet the doctor and be evaluated with an x-ray and intra-oral examination. Anesthesia options will be explained and a recommendation offered. Most patients prefer to remain home from work on the day of surgery. Returning to work the same day as surgery is not an option if you choose to have intravenous (IV) anesthesia, as your sedation will take most of the day to wear off.
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Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons recommend that everyone do an oral cancer self-exam once per month. You are at a high risk for oral cancer if you smoke, drink, or use smokeless tobacco. The mouth is a region where changes are easily seen; oral cancer can be detected in early stages.
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Facial trauma is a major health and social issue in the United States. Each year people of all ages sustain facial injuries from automobile accidents, boating accidents, bike accidents and recreational vehicles. Athletic activities and altercations also rank very high in causes of facial trauma. Many of these traumas include maxillofacial fractures of the upper and lower jaw, cheekbones, nose, and bone surrounding the eyes or a combination of these injuries.
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