The Department of Dentistry at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center offers patients many operating room-based services. The specially equipped facilities at St. Joseph's enable dentists and dental specialists to conduct a full scope of general dentistry and dental specialty services while a patient is under general anesthesia. This service is often necessary for patients who cannot tolerate dental procedures in conventional settings, including patients who developmentally, physically or emotionally may not even be examinable while awake.
With these facilities available, dentists are able to perform thorough oral examinations, take x-rays, develop treatment plans and do oral hygiene and preventive procedures in the OR. Restorations (fillings), endodontic treatment (pulpotomies and root canals), extractions, crowns (caps) and periodontal therapy (gum treatment including surgery) are all done as needed.
The department's oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat diseases and conditions of the mouth, jaws and associated tissues of the face. Ranging from impacted teeth and tongue tie to cancer and complex craniofacial deformities. As an integral part of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center's trauma service, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons manage the full spectrum of maxillofacial injuries such as fractures of facial bones including the jaws, cheekbones, nose, eye sockets, and forehead.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is also a key specialty in the Regional Craniofacial Center. Procedures performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons include bone grafting for patients with cleft lip and palate, distraction osteogenesis, orthognathic surgery and other reconstructive procedures involving the soft and hard tissues of the mouth and face.
Orthognathic surgery is offered not only to cleft patients, but also to individuals with jaw growth discrepancies and to adults with sleep apnea. Such reconstruction may also be required as a consequence of trauma or the removal of pathologic lesions such as cysts and benign tumors of the mouth and jaws and as part of the treatment of oral cancer.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons use cutting-edge techniques and methods including dental implants to support dental prostheses and craniofacial implants to support prosthetic facial parts including ears, eyes and noses. Bone growth factors now make it possible to guide the regeneration of bone and reduce the need for harvesting bone from sites like the rib and hip.
For additional information regarding general and pediatric dentistry, please contact: Dionne Pierce, FHC Supervisor: 973.754.4250.
For any other questions or for additional information, please contact:
Hillel Ephros, DMD, MD: 973.754.2050
Chairman, Department of Dentistry and Program Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
Medical Director, The Regional Craniofacial Center at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital