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World-class Care, Neighborhood Convenience

By harnessing the talents and resources of Mass General, our care incorporates the latest technologies, techniques, and scientific evidence available.  Our board-certified specialists each practice the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including:

  • Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery)
  • Removal of wisdom teeth
  • Trauma care
  • Cancer treatment and treatment for lesions (growths) of the face and jaw
  • Placement of dental implants
  • Treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and oralfacial pain 
  • Repair of congenital (present at birth) defects and anomalies
  • Facial reconstruction

Because the patient's comfort is our primary goal, we offer a range of sedation and anesthetic techniques.  Most procedures can be performed with anesthesia on an outpatient basis in our comprehensive outpatient facility.

World-renowned for OMFS Treatment

A leading center for orthognathic surgery worldwide, we also treat hundreds of patients each year for problems with third molars and placement of dental implants.  Our 100% digital practice means that we can coordinate care effectively with the patient's primary or referring doctor by sharing images before, during, and after treatment.

Our surgeons serve as faculty at Harvard School of Dental Medicine while also teaching and mentoring our fellows and residents.  Our resident training program was the nation's first to combine a medical degree with oral and maxillofacial surgery training, a landmark that has become the standard for OMFS training today. We remain one of the nation's most prestigious and rigorous training programs in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

A Legacy of Innovation

Our department has maintained a long tradition of innovation. In fact, in 1846, the historical first demonstration of general anesthesia in the Mass General Ether Dome was performed during an oral surgery procedure. Today we are still distinguished by our innovative leadership in a variety of clinical areas, including:

  • Minimally invasive (minor surgery) techniques for orthognathic surgery
  • Use of interferon (a treatment with medicine) for treatment of giant cell tumors of the jaw
  • Multi-disciplinary care for repair of cleft lip and palate and other congenital conditions
  • Evidence-based treatment of third molars
  • Interpreting signs and symptoms of domestic violence

These advances allow our patients to experience fewer procedures, lower costs, and better outcomes.

Patient Care, Patient Comfort

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who are trained as surgeons. Each of our doctors is licensed to administer office-based anesthesia, including local anesthesia, conscious sedation, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia, providing an array of options for the safety and comfort of our patients. 

An experienced team of registered nurses and assistants helps to manage each patient's care and to facilitate communication with family members and referring doctors.  They also work with Mass General dietitians to help provide nutritional support for patients requiring modified diets following surgery.

Transformational Research

The OMFS department is recognized for its:

  • Development of minimally invasive OMFS techniques
  • Treatment of giant cell tumors of the jaw
  • The development of a protocol to identify victims of domestic violence
  • Establishment of evidence-based guidelines for improving outcomes in third molars and implant procedures

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