BronxCare Health System

Dr. Andrew Onyejiuwa, Clinical Director, Oral Surgery (right), examining patient, with Sandra Rock-Fitts, Dental Assistant.
Dr. Andrew Onyejiuwa, Clinical Director, Oral Surgery (right), examining patient, with Sandra Rock-Fitts, Dental Assistant.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Marc Brown, Director, Residency Training and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, performing surgery, with (L to R): Howard Usher, Dental Assistant, and Cindy Greaves, RN.
Dr. Marc Brown, Director, Residency Training and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, performing surgery, with (L to R): Howard Usher, Dental Assistant, and Cindy Greaves, RN.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specializes in treating many dental diseases. It encompasses injuries and defects in the head, neck, face and jaws, as well as in the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region (mouth, jaws, and face). BronxCare’s Department of Dentistry treats a multitude of patients with jaw fractures; facial fractures from the forehead to the submandibular regions; simple and highly complex lacerations; and burns (thermal and chemical). Maxillofacial infections of dental and non-dental origin are treated in the ER, Operating Room, and in a modern, well-equipped Oral Surgery Practice.

Mandibular and maxillary reconstructive procedures, including bone grafting and dental implant reconstruction are performed by an expert team of oral surgeons. Implants are placed in patients at either BronxCare’s outpatient practices or operating room settings. These implants are restored with fixed and removable prostheses and bridgework fabricated by state of the art dental laboratories.

Working in conjunction with BronxCare’s Orthodontic Department, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons treat a multitude of patients with dento-facial deformities. These patients are evaluated using data obtained by state-of-the-art scanners and radiographic and photographic equipment. Patients requiring surgical correction undergo pre-surgical orthodontics in preparation for their respective OR procedures, followed by post-surgical orthodontics.

In Pediatric Dentistry and General Practice Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents, as part of their regularly scheduled training, rotate for multiple weeks on an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Rotation, in addition to taking calls and treating patients in the hospital, ER, and outpatient practices. At any given time, there are three Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents from a fully accredited Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training program that rotate for several months in BronxCare’s Department of Dentistry. These residents are directly involved in the supervision of the General Practice (GP) and Pediatric Dental (PEDS) residents. Additionally, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residents work closely with Orthodontic residents in the planning stages of Orthognathic and complex restorative cases.