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Maxillofacial Specialist

Southern California Center for Surgical Arts

Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dental Implant Clinic and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery located in Sherman Oaks, CA

Maxillofacial surgery encompasses all injuries and diseases affecting your face, jaw, and mouth. Treating a facial injury to restore each patient’s appearance and function requires technical expertise and artistic sensibilities, two skills found in Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS, at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts. Dr. Elias offers exceptional training and surgical experience combined with compassionate care for each patient’s emotional needs as they heal from facial injuries. If you have questions about maxillofacial surgery, call the office in Sherman Oaks, California, or book an appointment online.

Maxillofacial Q & A

What is maxillofacial surgery?

Maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty that treats the full range of diseases, injuries, and defects occurring in your face, mouth, jaws, head, and neck. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Elias performs many procedures, including:

  • Dental implant insertion
  • Tumor removal (benign and cancerous)
  • Tooth extraction (impacted wisdom teeth)
  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Facial, mouth, and jaw reconstruction
  • Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery)
  • Facial cosmetic surgery

The underlying conditions that may be treated with maxillofacial surgery are diverse, ranging from genetic defects and structural abnormalities to trauma, infections, and dental disease. The bottom line is that you can count on Dr. Elias’ expertise to diagnose and treat virtually all health problems that affect the soft tissues and bones of your mouth and face.

When might I need corrective jaw surgery?

Dr. Elias performs jaw surgery when your upper and lower jaws are misaligned, a problem that often occurs when the upper and lower jawbones don’t grow at the same rate. When you have misaligned jaws, your teeth don’t meet properly when you bite down. A bad bite affects your ability to chew and leads to dental problems such as decay and tooth damage.

Improperly aligned jaws can also affect your ability to speak and your overall facial appearance. Over time, the misalignment contributes to temporomandibular joint disorder.

Corrective jaw surgery requires general anesthesia and usually a day or two in the hospital. Dr. Elias makes the incision inside your mouth, then moves the jaw into its correct position and secures it with wiring or screws. Recovery from jaw surgery takes 3-6 weeks.

What is facial trauma management?

Dr. Elias understands the impact that facial injuries have on each patient’s emotional and physical well-being. He continuously cares for all aspect of their health, providing emergency care, managing long-term rehabilitation, and performing surgery with an eye toward aesthetics and function.

Dr. Elias has extensive experience in facial trauma management, which includes treating all types of facial injuries, such as:

  • Facial lacerations
  • Intra-oral lacerations
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Fracture facial bones
  • Fractured jaws

In more severe cases of injury or disease, Dr. Elias performs complex facial reconstruction.

What is complex facial reconstruction?

Complex facial reconstruction is often needed after severe trauma, following surgery to remove cancer, and to correct birth defects. During this type of surgery, Dr. Elias reconstructs all parts of your face, which may involve several staged procedures, use of advanced biomaterials, and transplants or grafts.

When you need maxillofacial surgery, you also need the unparalleled skill and surgical experience of Dr. Elias. To schedule an appointment, call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts or book an appointment online.